Why? It’s the law.
In Australia, it is a legislative requirement, that an employer or self employed persons prepare a safe work method statement (SWMS) for any high-risk construction work prior to commencement.
When? When risk of injury is possible.
- For any high-risk construction work prior to commencement.
- Unless a completely new activity is being undertaken, your existing SWMS can usually be adjusted and new risks added in order to remain compliant. (Read more here)
How? To be used within a framework, consistently and methodically.
- Your SWMS should identify hazards and control measures required to complete the task efficiently and safely.
- According to SafetyCulture, “It is an important aspect of any SWMS that it reflect the site-specific circumstances of the job site it will be used in. Ensuring your SWMS are made site-specific ensures that the changing nature of work sites is taken into account.”
- SWMS are considered an administrative control, but they are used to guide actions through risk management processes and should be used in conjunction with other control measures – never alone.
- In one of our previous articles we compare risk assessments and job safety analyses: Risk assessment vs JSA.