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SWMS – Excavation

The Excavation SWMS is for tradies undertaking excavation operations. It references all of the relevant legislation, codes of practice, and Australian standards as required for all states within Australia.

Easy to modify – simply add your company details. 

Carpentry SWMS

SWMS – Working around Plant

The Working around Plant SWMS is for excavation operations with labourers working around machinery.  It references all of the relevant legislation, codes of practice, and Australian standards as required for all states within Australia.

Easy to modify – simply add your company details. 

Carpentry SWMS

SWMS – Grader

The Grader SWMS is for use of a Grader.  It references all of the relevant legislation, codes of practice, and Australian standards as required for all states within Australia.

Easy to modify – simply add your company details. 

Excavation and Drainage SWMS Front Page

SWMS – Skid Steer

The Skid Steer SWMS references all of the relevant legislation, codes of practice, and Australian standards as required for all states within Australia.

Easy to modify – simply add your company details. 

WHS Manual

WHS Manual

The WHS Manual contains all of your company Policies and procedures required for Companies employing staff. 

It includes various forms, checklists and is suitable for all states in Australia (select your state on the product page before adding to cart).

This is a download Manual, which you can easily edit into your company name.  It comes with a customisation guide to assist you.

 

WHS Manual

Excavation Package – Basic

This Basic Excavation Pack contains all of your company Policies and procedures required for Companies employing staff, together with an SWMS (Exavation).  

It includes various forms, checklists and is suitable for all states in Australia (select your state on the product page before adding to cart).

This is a download package, which you can easily edit into your company name.  It comes with a customisation guide to assist you.

WHS Manual

Excavation Package – Comprehensive

This Excavation Pack contains all of your company Policies and procedures required for excavation operations that have employees. It contains a Company WHS Manual, Induction Handbook (internal), and Subcontractor Handbook,  together with 4 SWMS (Excavation, Working around Plant, Grader, Skid Steer/Front End Loader).  

It includes various forms, checklists and is suitable for all states in Australia (select your state on the product page before adding to cart).

This is a download package, which you can easily edit into your company name.  It comes with a customisation guide to assist you.

How to use an SWMS

A Safe Work Method Statement must be prepared before the work commences.

A generic Safe Work Method Statement may be used for work activities that are undertaken out on a regular basis. The content of this type of Safe Work Method Statement may be refined over many years and include consultation with workers and other contractors.

Before each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the work and the actual workplace.

What do I need to do?
A PCBU must prepare a SWMS or ensure that one is prepared for high-risk construction work activities. SWMS needs to be prepared before work begins. For any other construction activities, a SWMS is not required. A PCBU must always manage risks to health and safety by minimising risks as much as reasonably practicable. A principal contractor must also obtain the SWMS before high risk construction work begins.
Who should prepare a SWMS?
The person who is responsible for carrying out the high risk construction work is best placed to prepare the SWMS while also consulting with the workers who will be directly engaged in carrying out the work. This usually means a SWMS is prepared by the builder for their workers, or by the subcontractor for their workers and themselves.

The principal contractor, builder and subcontractors should consult with each other to help determine who is in the best position to prepare the SWMS.

Managers, contractors, leading hands and other workers should all be involved in the process of developing a SWMS. Consulting workers is useful so they fully understand the detail of the SWMS and what the requirements are to implement and maintain risk controls. Sharing the information, and using the knowledge and experience of all relevant workers will help make sure the work is performed in accordance with the SWMS to help minimize risk.

If there is a Health and Safety Representative at the workplace, they need to also be consulted when developing a SWMS.

Can a generic SWMS be used?
It is important for a SWMS to reflect the current circumstances of the workplace in which it will operate.

A generic SWMS template that is used at different workplaces may not meet the requirements of the WHS laws unless it has been reviewed initially in order to take into account any and all hazards/risks at the specific workplace and be amended where necessary.

One SWMS can be prepared so that it covers a variety of tasks, as long as it takes into account the changing nature of the work environment. As an alternative, a separate SWMS can be prepared for each high risk construction work activity. In this case, try to consider situations where different activities will impact each other, for example using powered mobile plant during the construction of a tunnel.

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Excavation WHS Documents