The purpose of a Safe Work Method Statement
A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is required by legislation in Australia when carrying out high-risk construction work.
The statement outlines the pre-planned method by which job tasks and activities will be carried out.
It informs everyone involved, from the principal contractor to the workers, what’s needed 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 activity.
Next, it demonstrates how control measures 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.
Included is a list of any assets used (plant, machinery equipment or tools) and any chemicals or hazardous substances.
The person with whom you intend doing business will be viewing the SWMS. Therefore, a well-constructed statement 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.