Which high risk items do I need a SWMS?
Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS): High Risk Construction Work –
A SWMS is a written document that sets out the high risk construction work activities to be carried out at a workplace, the hazards and risks arising from these activities and the measures to be put in place to control the risks. Its primary purpose is to help supervisors and workers implement and monitor the control measures established at the workplace to ensure high risk construction work is carried out safely.
High Risk work includes but is not limited to the following examples: -
- involves a risk of a person falling more than 2 metres
- involves or is likely to involve, the disturbance of asbestos
- involves structural alterations or repairs that require temporary support to prevent collapse
- is carried out in or near a confined space
- is carried out in or near a trench with an excavated depth greater than 1.5 metres
- is carried out on or near pressurised gas distribution mains or piping
- is carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services
- is carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor that is in use by traffic other than pedestrians
- is carried out in an area at a workplace in which there is any movement of powered mobile plant
Can you commence high risk work without a SWMS?
DO NOT COMMENCE HIGH RISK WORK WITHOUT A SWMS:
The SWMS must be specific to the work activity and include any hazards and the relevant controls required.
Contractors MUST ensure the following SWMS criteria are put in to place: -
- Submit and agree the SWMS prior to commencing work at Principal Contractor site.
- Ensure ALL employees have read, understood the SWMS
- Follow the safe work procedures in accordance with their submitted SWMS
- Any aspects or risks not covered in the SWMS must be included in your SSRA
- ALL WHS compliance documentation must be forwarded in a timely manner on request; failure to supply will cause delays in processing payments & issuing work orders.
It is a WHS legal requirement that the Principal Contractor has a copy of their contractors SWMS and signoff that they agree with the content and safety outcomes required to conduct a safe build process effectively in line with their risk management processes.Please be advised these documents should be readily available on site along with any applicable chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS’s).
Have you been trained in your proposed work /trade activity task?
Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS): (for your specific trade activity)
You are required to supply a copy of your completed Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or
- Job Safety Analysis (JSA) or
- Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) or
- Safe Work Procedure (SWP)
These documents must be reviewed periodically and therefore dated less than 12 months old.
Please note the following:
If high risk aspects are not covered adequately in your SWMS you will be asked to modify your document to include or
The principal contractor will provide a set of high risk SWMS applicable to the risk activity; please read, review or adjust the principal contractors high risk SWMS and Sign off as adopted by your business.
Course Overview & Learning Outcomes:
All new workers will need to: -
Undertake a company General Induction Course prior to commencing work on site
And from time to time attend training or information sessions organised by the company
Please Note: Only competent safety minded employees are permitted on site.