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Write Your Safe Work Method Statement Using the Guidelines Outlined

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Personal Protective Equipment

Outline in detail any PPE required for task.



Explain the scope and the limitations of the Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) example.



Provide detailed outline of the following:

  • 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


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



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.


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.



Outline the task in sequence. All risks should be identified to be a good example of a safe work method statement.



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.


Emergency Procedures

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

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