Safe work method statements (SWMS)

Use this template and supporting guidance to create a safe work method statement before you commence High Risk Construction Work (HRCW).
Last updated

Mar 2022

Reading level

medium

File type and size

PDF, 622.71 kB

Document length

8 pages

What it contains

This document explains how and when to prepare a safe work method statement (SWMS) for high-risk construction work (HRCW).

It includes a SWMS template that can be filled in online before downloading/saving to a computer, or it may be printed off and filled in manually. The template contains sample text to assist with completion.

The document also includes guidance on:

  • the 19 activities classified as HRCW
  • who has SWMS duties and who must prepare a SWMS
  • how to prepare a SWMS, including how to select risk control measures
  • what should be included in a SWMS and what may not be included

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