The Alcumus SafeContractor Guide to Method Statements

A method statement is a logical, step by step guide to completing a job in the safest way possible.

9th Mar 2017

What is a method statement?

A method statement is a logical, step by step guide to completing a job in the safest way possible.

When should I write a method statement?

A method statement needs to be written before the job begins.

But it should also be written after a risk assessment is carried out.

This is because a method statement addresses any hazard identified in the risk assessment, and explains how those hazards can be controlled while the job is being carried out.

The method statement should be a ‘live’ document that is reviewed as the job progresses. This allows you to take into consideration any unexpected occurrences or the need for the adoption of different work practices.

What should I include in my method statement?

A good method statement should state how a task is being carried out, and not just state what is being carried out. For example:

On an electrical installation, instead of writing:
“Run cable from distribution board to first light.”

A good method statement could read:
“Run 1.5mm² single core cables through existing metal 40mm² X 40mm² trunking from distribution board using a tower scaffold for access. Pull cables through pre-drilled hole ready for termination.”

A method statement should also include:
  • Name of the company
  • Start and completion dates
  • Location of where the task will be carried out, including address
  • Site contact details, including Site Supervisor and who to contact in case of emergency
  • Name of person who completed the method statement
  • Brief description of the scope of work
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required
  • Work equipment and tools required
  • Names of people carrying out the task

The level of detail included within your method statement should reflect the complexity of the stated task.

How do I write a method statement?

We have guides to writing method statements for a variety of industries.

These guides also include examples of method statements to illustrate what a good method statement should look like. Please note that these are examples only, your method statement should be constructed to reflect the task you are undertaking.


Method Statement Guides and Example Method Statements

Choose from the work activities below:
CCTV Installation Method Statement Guide and Example
Electrical Motor Replacement Method Statement Guide and Example
Electrical Method Statement Guide and Example
Fire Alarm Installation Method Statement Guide and Example
Gas Work Method Statement Guide and Example
Interior Refurbishment Method Statement Guide and Example
Plumbing Method Statement Guide and Example
Tree Surgery Method Statement Guide and Example