A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a statement of the pre-planned method by which a job task is to be carried out.
It informs everyone in the process, from the works manager to the workers what needs to happen to carry out the work safely.
Work Activities Defined
A Safe Work Method Statement sets out the work activities in steps.
It then identifies the hazards and assesses the risk of those hazards for each task. Next, it describes the control measures that will be implemented to eliminate or minimise those risks.
A Safe Work Method Statement is a comprehensive statement of where and exactly how to carry out a job. It will also include the use of any assets (plant, machinery equipment or tools). In addition, it will define the use of any chemicals or hazardous substances.
The person with whom you intend doing business will be viewing it. Therefore, a well-constructed SWMS displays your professionalism to the person conducting that business or undertaking.
Your workers will also need to understand each task step and the associated risks. They should sign the SWMS to certify their full understanding of it.
Accurate, relevant and up to date
For a SWMS to be of any use, it must be relevant!
You need to able to prove relevance if there is ever a court action. Therefore, it must accurately define each step of each task and the associated hazards, risk and controls.
Creating Safe Work Method Statements can be time-consuming and frustrating, primarily when you perform many high-risk activities. You need a SWMS for each job.
An office worker or someone who doesn’t fully understand the work process may have the task of writing the SWMS. The trouble is that’s a bad idea when relevance is so critical.
Advisors are critical
Experienced advisors are crucial when creating a Safe Work Method Statement!
Advisors are made up of people who are thoroughly familiar with the tasks of a process.
These are mostly your workers. They should have the primary input into the SWMS creation.
The Simple WorkSafe SWMS wizard makes the creation and duplication of Safe Work Method Statement simple.