Safe Method of Work Statements - Method Statement

Section 2 (2) (a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires the provision and maintenance of safe systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe without risks to health.
Where a Risk Assessment has identified that certain hazards cannot be eliminated and risk factors remain during the task, a safe system of work will be required.

Safe Method of Work Statements (Method Statements), are one way in which Safe Systems of Work can be formally defined and recorded, enabling the employer to fulfil his legal obligations through providing information and instruction to his employees whilst keeping a formal record of Company Safety Management.

Method Statements provide a sequence for carrying out an identified task safely and they usually contain more detail than Risk Assessments.

Generic Method Statement –

To be produced in conjunction with a Generic Risk Assessment, expanding upon the control measures listed for the various situations identified, covering their common and basic features.
A Generic Method Statement comes as standard with our Safety Policies

Task Specific Method Statement –

To be produced in conjunction with a Task Specific Risk Assessment, going into specific detail regarding one particular task, process or operation where high risk factors remain, expanding upon the control measures listed for the various situations identified.

All our Method Statements detail information and control measures in line with Regulation and Approved Codes of Practice that must be followed in order to reduce the risk of accident or injury from hazards that have been previously identified.
There may be situations where the potential risks are high and the precautions needed to control them may be complicated and therefore require written enforcement. In such cases it is recommended that a Permit to Work system be implemented.
Master Permit to Work forms are included as standard with our Safety Policies.


For further enquiries or to order a generic/task specific Method Statement please contact us on cdm@richardson-hill.co.uk

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