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Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Templates

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What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a legal document outlining high-risk construction work (HRCW) activities carried out within a workplace, the hazards that may arise from these activities, and safety measures to control the risks. It's essential for tasks involving manual handling, hazardous manual tasks, and those requiring a safe system of work template, like carpentry.


SWMS are also referred to by other terms, including Safe Work Procedures, Method Statement for Construction Works, or simply Work Method Statements.


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When is a Safe Work Method Statement Required?

Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are required for high risk work activities, as defined in the WHS Regulations, so it’s important that you get it right!


SafetyDocs by SafetyCulture provides compliant and professional SWMS, clearly detailing the most critical work processes, possible hazards and safety controls.


Our Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) come complete with Risk Matrix, Hierarchy of Controls, PPE Requirements and Job Steps (including potential hazards and control measures).

SafeyDocs SWMS includes provisions for:

- The name of the principal contractor test

- Name, address and ABN

- Details of the person responsible for ensuring monitoring and compliance with the SWMS

- The date the SWMS was prepared and review dates

- The signature of each worker

All SafetyDocs SWMS: 

- Identify the high-risk construction work

- Specify hazards and risks relating to the work

- Describe the control measures used to control identified risks

- Describe how the control measures will be monitored and reviewed


As Australia’s leading provider of workplace health and Safety documentation, our Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) have been developed over many years, with feedback from industry safety professionals and regulators, to be class-leading.


With over 400 Safe Work Method Statements in our library, we are sure to have the SWMS you need!


If you require a custom built Safe Work Method Statement for your business, our technical writers can assist you by building a tailor made document to suit your needs.


Our writers are experienced consultants with trade and regulatory backgrounds so are familiar with most equipment, processes, and what is needed to meet government legislation, Australian standards, industry recommendations, and more!


The content of the SWMS can be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking, this step is made easy with our fully customisable, ready to use templates.


We have created several industry specific VALUE PACKS which contain commonly purchased SWMS, these value packs are suitable for new start-ups, existing and expanding businesses.

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