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20th September, 2016

How To Write A Method Statement In 5 Minutes

Writing a method statement can be quite time consuming, 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.

The method statement needs to clearly communicate to your work force what will be involved with the task or activity, and form part of your safe system of work.

It will often be the subject of the safety briefing, or tool box 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?

To help you and your team reduce the time spent writing health and safety documentation, our team of health and safety experts prepare hundreds of health and safety templates for construction activities.

These can be used by your business and adapted for your activities.

Our method statement templates can save you time because:

You no longer need to worry about the layout.

We give you a standard layout for the method statement, 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.

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 any site specific details.

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:

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

Want to start from scratch? We can still help you reduce the time you spend on your paperwork. You can download a blank method statement statement for free to help you get started.

This article was written by Emma at HASpod. Emma has over 10 years experience in health and safety and a degree in construction management. She is NEBOSH qualified and a member of IOSH.

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