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.

We can work with you, and review your current systems and processes to identify gaps and help you to build a robust and sensible Safe Work Method Statements capable of integration with your WHS and Environmental Management Systems.

Our SQE Manager, Mark Evans has proven experience in the field of building and construction Safety and Quality Management Systems. Contact Mark at 

All of the SWMS documentation is also available through the Resource Library on the Master Builders SA's Master Suite. 

This platform functions as your Quality, Safety and Environmental management systems (all document controlled) and aligned with ISO 9001:2016 AS/NZS 4801 ISO 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015, it contains:

  • Integrated Management System (IMS) Manuals, Quality Manuals
  • Management Plans for Quality, WHS, and Environmental
  • All supporting QHSE (including policies, procedures, forms, WMS, SWMS, SOP’s & SWI’s)

To find out more or gain access to Master Suite call us on 8211 7466

Understanding SWMS

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.

Examples of 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.