What is a Safe Work Method Statement?
A safe work Method Statement:
- Is a document prepared for a contractor
- Identifies work activities that are “High Risk Construction work”
- Defines the hazards and risks to health & safety by doing that work
- Describes the control measure to reduce the risks
- Are specific for a site
- Must be reviewed and updated as conditions change
What do I do with SWMS
If you are a subcontractor on a job , and you are performing High Risk Construction work, then you must :
- Complete a SWMS before commencing work on each site
- Give a copy of the SWMS to the principal contractor before commencing work where the total project value is greater than $250K
- Ensure that your workers have read and understand the SWMS
- Ensure work is carried out as per the SWMS
- Keep a copy of the SWMS readily accessible for workers and Inspectors.
Where do I get a SWMS from ?
You can purchase a SWMS and Safety Packs online at the SiteBook Safety Shop.
Save time: do your SWMS online!
SiteBook now has a facility for subcontractors to complete a SWMS online, on any tablet device, and then email a copy of the SWMS to the builder (Principal contractor).
Call us to find out more about SiteBook online SWMS.
Regulation 299: A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) must be prepared before high risk construction work (as defined in Chapter 1 of this Code) commences.
Regulation 300: A person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure the high risk construction work is carried out in accordance with the SWMS for the work.
For more information on SWMS , refer to page 22 of the Construction Work Code of Practice