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Safe Work Method Statement

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SWMS Industry PacksA Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a procedure that describes the work activities, associated hazards, risks and the control measures. A well written Safe Work Method Statement sets out a consistent step by step procedure to ensure each worker performs the work activity using the same work process and safety controls. The same applies for the use of hazardous plant, equipment or tools.

Safe Work Method Statements help prevent incidents, injuries and illness occurring by outlining a safe method of work for each step in a specific work activity or whilst using plant, equipment or tools. Safe Work Method Statements also provide an induction document that workers must read and understand before starting work. A compliant Safe Work Method Statement will assist in meeting your legal responsibilities for the risk management process, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control as defined in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

Safe Work Method Statements help prevent incidents, injuries and illness occurring by outlining a safe method of work for each step in a specific work activity or whilst using plant, equipment or tools. Safe Work Method Statements also provide an induction document that workers must read and understand before starting work. A compliant Safe Work Method Statement will assist in meeting your legal responsibilities for the risk management process, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control as defined in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

Safe Work Method Statements help prevent incidents, injuries and illness occurring by outlining a safe method of work for each step in a specific work activity or whilst using plant, equipment or tools. Safe Work Method Statements also provide an induction document that workers must read and understand before starting work. A compliant Safe Work Method Statement will assist in meeting your legal responsibilities for the risk management process, hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control as defined in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.


For construction work, a Safe Work Method Statement is required for “High Risk” construction activities. The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 defines Construction work as any work carried out in connection with the construction, alteration, conversion, fitting-out, commissioning, renovation, repair, maintenance, refurbishment, demolition, decommissioning or dismantling of a structure. “High Risk” Construction Work is also defined in part 299 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

Manual handling, slips, trips and falls and being hit by moving objects are the most common cause of injuries that result in serious claims on construction worksites. Using hazardous chemicals or substances, vehicle incidents and falls from heights account for the most common fatalities in construction work.

As a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) you have a responsibility to your workers and other persons on your worksites to implement effective and compliant Safe Work Method Statement for each of your high risk work activities as well as the hazardous plant, equipment and tools that are used in your business. It is equally important to make sure your Safe Work Method Statements are relevant to any specific hazards in a specific workplace or on your worksite.

Occupational Safety Solutions provide compliant Safe Work Method Statement templates which include the step by step procedures, identified hazards and safety controls for most generic construction work activities as well as plant, equipment and tools related to most construction trades.

These templates can be purchased and implemented immediately into your business. In most cases the addition of your company logo and details in the spaces provided is all that is required however each template can be modified to suit your specific needs. Space is also provided on each template for entering site specific requirements which can be added following your site specific risk assessment.

Visit our website or contact us if we can assist you with our cost effective and compliant Safe Work Method Statements designed to save hours of research and development and assist with your Work Health and Safety (WHS) compliance.

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