Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) 

“We are always looking at ways to make safe working easier for businesses across Australia and with SAI Global publishing our Safe Work Method Statements, this assists us to achieve our goal of making safety a way of life.”

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) can be useful to train your workers in the safe use of an item of equipment or work activity during potentially dangerous construction work. 

A SWMS helps organizations understand the potential risks and how to implement risk controls to enhance workplace safety. 

The Model Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 require that a written SWMS is produced for work which is determined to be High-risk Construction Work (as defined within s291 of the WHS Regulations 2011). 

A Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) must ensure that SWMS are prepared for all High-risk construction work before work is commenced. 

Covering a wide range of potentially dangerous tasks and activities, the fully editable SWMS templates available from SAI Global: 

  • Are in Word format to allow tailoring to meet the specific requirements of the construction site.

  • May save your organization time and effort drafting various OH&S procedures for different applications.

  • Have been developed by Safety Culture  based on industry expertise and latest OH&S good practice for high-risk construction work.   

  • Provide for:

       - the detailing of the potential risks arising from the work activity.
       - How those risks may be controlled, and
       - An outline of how those controls may be put in place and maintaned

Browse Safe Work Method Statements on the InfoStore and find the templates applicable to you, the list available is categorised according to Subject Area.



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