Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) guidance

How and when to prepare and use a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for high-risk construction work (HRCW).


What it contains

A SWMS is a document that sets out the high risk construction work (HRCW) 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. SWMS must be prepared before HRCW commences.

The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) require employers and self-employed persons to prepare a SWMS before starting HRCW.

The PDF provides:

  • Examples of high risk construction work activities
  • Who must ensure a SWMS has been prepared before commencing HRCW
  • SWMS duties
  • How to prepare a SWMS
  • Selecting risk control measures for HRCW
  • What should be included in a SWMS
  • Sample SWMS template

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