Safe work method statements (SWMS)

When and how to complete a safe work method statement (SWMS) for construction activities.
Last updated

Nov 2018

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PDF, 120.96 kB

Document length

6 pages

What it contains

There are 19 specific activities defined as high risk construction work (HRCW). This document advises employers and self-employed people how to prepare a safe work method statement (SWMS) for these activities to ensure workers’ safety on construction sites. It explains:

  • which 19 activities are classed as HRCW
  • what is a SWMS
  • who is responsible for preparing a SWMS
  • what an SWMS must include and how it should be stored
  • how to reduce or eliminate risks for HRCW
  • additional duties related to SWMS

At the end of the document, there is a sample template you can use to prepare your SWMS.

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