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Write your own SWMS using our free blank template

Step 1

You will need Microsoft Word on your computer to edit this file.

Step 2

Customise and write your Safe Work Method Statement using the guidelines outlined below.

Note: Each SWMS template needs to be customised to be made site specific before use.

1. Personal Protective Equipment

Outline in detail any PPE required for task

2. Safety Notes

Explain the scope and the limitations of the SWMS

3. Planning

Include description of potential hazards, info that can be used to make safe decisions before beginning the task. It includes topics such as: site assessments, correct equipment choices, time and resource planning, obtaining information from qualified persons (engineers, electricians, hygienists, etc), obtaining permits, notifying authorities, etc

4. Preparation

Provide more site-specific information. Whilst the planning section looks at the bigger picture, the preparation section focuses on what is needed locally at the time

5. Pre-Operational Inspection

Includes checks that all equipment intended to be used is in a safe condition. Include machinery, tools, lifting equipment and associated slings, or other such necessary items

6. Operation

Outline the task in sequence. All risks are to be identified

7. Maintenance

Highlight maintenance regimes or inspection requirements where they are legislated (such as tanks, silos, cranes etc). Ensure reference is made to Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures and manufacturer's instructions.

8. Emergency Procedures

Highlight essential emergency information. This can include specific first-aid procedures if

9. References

Provide as many references as applicable and relevant. Reference Authorities and other reputable industry sources. Ensure nationally recognised references used where possible.

Ensure references are applicable to the state the work is to be conducted in to have a relevant:

  • SWMS template QLD
  • SWMS template NSW
  • SWMS template VIC
  • SWMS template SA
  • SWMS template TAS
  • SWMS template WA
  • SWMS template ACT
  • SWMS template NT

10. Specifics

Provide detailed outline of the following:

  • Relevant regulations, Codes of Practice
  • Formal Training, licenses required for workers undertaking this task
  • Duties of workers undertaking this task
  • Details of supervisory arrangements for workers undertaking this task
  • Details of regulatory permits/licenses, Engineering details/certificates/WorkCover approvals
  • Plant/Tools/Equipment
  • Required SWMS training
  • Maintenance Details for plant/equipment used on job

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