Health and safety method statements and risk assessments in construction work: can they be improved?

Lam, Darren (2011) Health and safety method statements and risk assessments in construction work: can they be improved? MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    A method statement and risk assessment are among the core working documents that contractors use. There are different formats and layouts used by larger to smaller contractors. Within the construction industry, there are three main parties which play a vital part in the process of completing the project: one uses the method statement and risk assessment, one teaches contractors and issues out certificates, and one enforces the method statement and risk assessment. Contractors are responsible to write and issue the method statement and risk assessment, NEBOSH are a body that teach people such as the contractors and the HSE (formerly HSC) enforce the method statement and risk assessment.

    With CDM 2007 legislation, contractors are expected to write and produce method statement and risk assessment. Larger contractors will have the CDM-Coordinator overseeing the whole process. Their role is to give advice and to not tell contractors on what to include in a method statement and risk assessment. But smaller sites are not managed or checked, even if they have completed a method statement and risk assessment.

    Through extensive research of the method statement and risk assessment it has shown that there are many different versions and format for the documents. Main problem is to understand how to communicate the documents and to the workforce.

    Different ways of presenting the method statement and risk assessment are important. The way the documents are laid out is vital, and analysing the different ways in adapting and modifying the method statement and risk assessment allow the site manager to authorise and make changes on site. Technology will allow this to happen and construction sites should adapt and utilise the technology that we have in the 21st century.

    Although there are different ways of presenting the method statement and risk assessment, there points made out in the dissertation where educating the site mangers are more important than improving the way the documents is written.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 10:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:53
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6099

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