Safe Work Method Statements, or SWMS, are an essential tool for the assessment and management of risk relating to individual tasks. They must be developed for each process or task, and with reference to each individual site to ensure that the particular risks faced by a worker are managed appropriately and that the worker understands how those risks are managed.

They are not a "one size fits all" document.

 

Understanding Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

Understanding Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are essential tools that capture a business's understanding of the risks of each process. They must be developed for each process and each site, and must be regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect the business's ongoing improvements.

Master Builders SA runs a half-day course to guide you through the writing of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) in a simple and effective format.

More information on the courses, which are eligible for CITB funding, can be found here. To book, please contact the Master Builders SA Training Department on 08 8211 7466.

Examples of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

Examples of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

SWMS are technical documents that must be tailored to the individual task, business, site and process. They bring together a company's systems, practices and resources and so cannot be simply copied from a pro forma to be both compliant and effective.

Our Safety, Quality and Environmental team has previously assisted clients with the development of their own SWMS, including:

These documents cannot be used as they are. They must be tailored to your business, its processes and the site. Master Builders SA offers a consultancy service to assist with this process.

Master Builders SA recommends members undertake our half-day course on developing Safe Work Method Statements and speak with our SQE department about additional resources available for purchase.