Safe Work Method Statements

Safe Work Method Statements

SWMS TEMPLATES

What is a Safe work Method Statement?

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) outline:

  • how supervisors, workers and contractors will carry out planned construction works on a job site
  • various work activities involved and hazards associated with these work activities 
  • the supervisors, workers and contractors who are responsible for each operating procedure/control and how these will be addressed on the job
  • the standard operating procedures/controls to manage these risks
  • plant and equipment to be used on the job
  • construction vehicles to be used on the job
  • chemicals to be used on the job and the Safety Data Sheets associated with these chemicals

  • how supervisors, workers and contractors will carry out planned construction works on a job site
  • various work activities involved and hazards associated with these work activities 
  • the supervisors, workers and contractors who are responsible for each operating procedure/control and how these will be addressed on the job
  • the standard operating procedures/controls to manage these risks
  • plant and equipment to be used on the job
  • construction vehicles to be used on the job
  • chemicals to be used on the job and the Safety Data Sheets associated with these chemicals
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SWMS templates need to cater for different situations and be tailored to each job. 

Each work site will have it's own complexities and hazards. As a result SWMS templates need to cater for different situations and be tailored to each job

Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual workplace.

The Safe Work Method Statement also needs to be signed off by each supervisor, worker and contractor who will be involved in the construction project. This provides evidence that they are aware of their responsibilities before a job commences. 

It will also allow them to reassess the risks associated with the job when on site and to incorporate additional risks/hazards that need to be managed.
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When is a Safe work Method Statement required?

A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) carrying out any high risk work in connection with a construction project is required under the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) to:

- ensure that a safe work method statement (SWMS) is prepared before the proposed work starts

- make arrangements to ensure that the high risk construction work is carried out in accordance with the SWMS

- ensure that a copy of the SWMS is given to the principal contractor before the work starts

- ensure that a SWMS is reviewed and revised if necessary

- keep a copy of the SWMS until the high risk construction work is completed

How can I best manage my SWMS online?

A number of companies try and manage their SWMS using generic Microsoft Word or Excel templates. This can be very time consuming because prior to each job and new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual workplace.

With our online Zoho Creator widget, you can manage the risks associated with your construction work on-the-go:

  • prepare and access specific SWMS on-the-go
  • tailor risks to the construction site
  • access related policies and procedures
  • manage the status of related controls
  • send detailed status reports to clients and other stakeholders
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