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Working at Heights SWMS

    What is a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)?

    A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or also referred to as Work Method Statements, Safe Work Methods, SWM or WMS, is a legal document that sets out the high risk construction work activities to be carried out at a workplace, the hazards arising from these activities and the measures to be put in place to control the risks. 

    A SWMS is classed as an administrative control and is used to support higher order controls to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety, for example engineering controls.

    A SWMS is generally different from other documents that focus on specific tasks or processes, such as a Job Safety Analysis or a Safe Operating Procedure.

    A SWMS is not intended to be a procedure—rather it is a tool to help supervisors and workers confirm and monitor the control measures required at the workplace.

    When is a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Required?

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

    Outsource Safety Forms include:

    • Risk Matrix

    • Hierarchy of controls

    • PPE requirements

    • Environmental Considerations

    • Step by Step Job Activity

    • Describe the control measures used to control identified risks

    • Describe how the control measures will be monitored and reviewed

    • Hazardous and Associated Risks

    • How Hazards and Risks Be Controlled  

    • Provisions for the name of the principal contractor

    • Provisions for the name, address and ABN

    • Provisions for the details of the person responsible for ensuring monitoring and compliance with the SWMS

    • Provisions for the date the SWMS was prepared and review dates

    • Provisions for the the signature of each worker

    Require a custom SWMS?

    Looking for a custom SWMS specifically written for your needs? Contact us with your requirements and we will get back to you with a quote!


    About Outsource Safety Forms:

    Outsource Safety Forms is Australia’s best priced leading provider of workplace health and Safety documentation. Our Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) have been developed over many years working across many industries.


    We have 100's of Safe Work Method Statements in our database, and are adding to them daily!

    Plus we are 100% Australian owned and operated. (We do not use overseas call centres, everything is operated from within Australia, with our Head Office located in Brisbane)