A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a legal document that outlines the high-risk construction work (HRCW) activities carried out within a workplace, the hazards that may arise from these activities and safety measures put in place to control the risks.
SWMS are also referred to by other terms including, Safe Work Method Statements, Work Method Statements, Safe Work Methods, SWM or WMS.
When is a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Required?
Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are required for high risk work activities, as defined in the WHS Regulations, so it’s important that you get it right.
Docs by SafetyCulture provides compliant and professional SWMS clearly detailing the most critical work processes, possible hazards and safety controls, our Safe Work Method Statements come complete with Risk Matrix, Hierarchy of Controls, PPE Requirements & Job Steps (including potential hazards & control measures).
Our SWMS are not blank templates and contain the most common hazards and controls to manage risk. We cant see what's happening on your site though, so it's important you include site-specific hazards, assess the risk and make the SWMS specific to the task at hand.
The SWMS sets out the work activities in logical sequences; identifies hazards and describes the corresponding control measures.
The content of a SWMS should be regularly reviewed and needs to include consultation with workers and other persons. If you are changing sites or conducting a new activity, the SWMS content should be checked and amended to suit.
SafetyCulture SWMS include provision for:
The name of the principal contractor
Name, address and ABN
Details of the person responsible for ensuring monitoring and compliance with the SWMS
The date the SWMS was prepared and review dates
The signature of each worker
All SafetyCulture SWMS:
Identify the high-risk construction work
Specify hazards and risks relating to the work
Describe the control measures used to control identified risks
Describe how the control measures will be monitored and reviewed
As Australia’s leading provider of workplace health and Safety documentation, our Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) have been developed over many years, with feedback from industry safety professionals and regulators, to be class-leading.
With over 400 Safe Work Method Statements in our library, we are sure to have the SWMS you need!
If you require a custom built Safe Work Method Statement for your business, our technical writers can assist you by building a tailor made document to suit your needs.
Our writers are experienced consultants with trade and regulatory backgrounds so are familiar with most equipment, processes, and what is needed to meet government legislation, Australian standards, industry recommendations, and more!
The content of the SWMS can be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking, this step is made easy with our fully customisable, ready to use templates.
Prior to each new activity a Safe Work Method Statement must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk work and the actual site you are working at.
We have created several industry specific VALUE PACKS which contain commonly purchased SWMS, these value packs are suitable for new start-ups, existing and expanding businesses.