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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - method statements

This briefing describes the purpose and content of method statements and their use by different parties involved in construction work.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Method Statements is to tell anyone involved in construction work about the purpose of method statements and how to use them.

What is a method statement?

A method statement communicates essential information about a construction task to those involved.

What will you find in a method statement?

The second part of the briefing describes the contents usually found in method statements including basic information about a project and a detailed step-by-step method of work. The method statement includes both operational and safety information.

Who should use it and how?

The briefing explains that the primary purpose of a method statement is to instruct workers in the safe method of work for the job. However, the document can also be useful to different parties including clients and other contractors using the same site. It helps everyone involved to understand what is to be carried out, the hazards which will be created and the precautions required.

Key points

The key points remind attendees about what they should expect to find in a method statement. They should read and understand these documents if working on construction site.