Safe Work Method Statements

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Why Smart SWMS 

So far, you’ve probably had a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to filling out SWMS, because let’s be honest – you are there to do a job, and paperwork takes way too long. 

In addition to ensuring the job is done safely, SWMS cover your ass so we want you to fill them out – properly, which is why we created Smart SWMS.  They are easy to fill out before you get to the real work and make sure your butt is covered with paper… trust me, no-body wants a bare butt when it comes to safety. 

We have written SWMS for heaps of trades and have now made them available for download – all the hard work is done for you, they are written to cover all aspects of a specific task so you don’t have 15 different documents to sign off. 

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What is a SWMS – Safe Work Method Statement?


SWMS is a document that outlines the high risk construction work activities which are carried out at a workplace in Australia, it covers the safety hazards which arise from these work activities, as well as the measures to be put in place to control the risks.

SWMS can be used for work that involves multiple high risk construction work activities, such as a work activity that requires using powered mobile plant, or working at heights of more than 2 metres, and also working adjacent to a road used by traffic other than pedestrians.

SWMS is classed as an administrative control. It is used for supporting higher order controls to help eliminate or minimize any risks to health and safety.

SWMS is usually different from other documents that are focused on specific tasks or processes – Job Safety Analysis or a Safe Operating Procedure for example.

SWMS is not intended to be a procedure, instead, it is a tool to help both supervisors and workers to confirm and monitor the control measures which are required in the workplace.

The main goal of is to help identify and understand the requirements to carry out high-risk construction work in Australia.

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.

SWMS Blank Template (Free Download)

We have a Free blank SWMS template available for instant download and modification.

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SWMS Australia – Safe Work Method Statement