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9th November, 2018

How To Write A Method Statement In 5 Minutes

Writing a method statement can be quite a time-consuming job, you need to go through your activity step by step, considering the people, tools, environment, requirements, and how your work will be carried out safely.

But done right, a good method statement will help reduce confusion, create a safer work environment and meet legal requirements. Win win win. The trick is writing a method statement that clearly communicates to your workforce what will be involved with the task or activity.

Your method statement should form part of your safe system of work. It's not just a document to be saved and stored away, it will often be the subject of the safety briefing or toolbox talk, carried out prior to the activity taking place.

Ok, so we know what a method statement is, but how can we write one in 5 minutes?

Well, your first option is to open up Microsoft Word on your computer and go from there. But the first thing you're likely to wonder is, where do I start?!

Your method statement should include a few important items, such as:

  • The project
  • The activity
  • Date of assessment
  • Assessor
  • Responsibilities
  • Hazards (or reference to relevant risk assessment)
  • Work procedure and control measures
    • Sequence of work
    • Access provisions
    • Security and safety of others
    • Techniques
    • Plant and equipment
    • Safety precautions
    • Health precautions
  • PPE requirements
  • Management arrangements
    • First aid
    • Welfare
    • Monitoring
    • Emergency procedures
  • Acknowledgement and sign off

We said we would help you make this easy, and so we created a free blank method statement template to do just that, and help you get started with writing your method statements.

method statement preview

You can use this template to create your method statement, and it should speed things up because we give you a standard layout, following best practices. If you have ever started writing a document from a blank sheet you know how much time you can end up spending just deciding how to split the document up into sections, layout, tables etc.

You don't need to download any software to use this template, and editing is easy - here's a guide on how to create health and safety documents with HASpod. Once you have finished editing the template to add the details of your activity, you can download a PDF copy of your method statement to share with your team.

Ok, we've saved you some time getting started, but what if you need help writing the content of your method statement? To help you reduce the time spent writing health and safety paperwork even further, our health and safety experts have prepared hundreds of health and safety documents, including method statement templates that are ready use for your tasks and activities.

These method statement templates can be used by your business and adapted for your activities, and can save you time because:

You no longer need to worry about the layout. Follow a consistent format to produce an easy to follow method statement for your task or activity. Select what PPE is required from the checkboxes provided, fill in the details asked for, and you are on your way.

We tell you what information is required. Project name, people involved, PPE required, just enter your project specific details where they are needed.

We pre-complete the information. Generic information for the task and controls needed are all pre-completed for you, so you can just remove any bits that are not applicable, and add your project details. This allows you to create a site-specific method statement in as quick as 5 minutes!

You can choose from a variety of pre-completed method statements for construction activities such as groundworks, joinery, hot works, refurbishment, plumbing, from underpinning and underground drainage, to roof installation.

This makes writing your method statement in 5 minutes easy, just:

  • Search for your task or activity in our pre-completed templates.
  • Add your business name and project details.
  • Edit the template to add any additional project-specific controls as required.
  • Download your finished method statement.

You can start for free with the blank method statement template, or browse our method statement templates by activity. Whichever you choose, our online software can help you reduce the time you spend on your health and safety paperwork.

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This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and BSc (Hons) Construction Management. She is NEBOSH qualified and Tech IOSH.

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