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Free Safe Work Method Statement Template (SWMS)

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Safe Work Method Statement TemplatePurpose of Document

Safe Work Method Statement templates are used to identify hazards, assess risks and outline controls for high risk construction work activities within the workplace. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness by providing a safe system of work. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

Complete the relevant sections of the form, including the site / location and other details as required. Add an overview of the work being conducted / task steps and what hazards and risks exist for these steps. Assess the risks using a risk matrix. Finally, list the controls and have workers read and sign-off that they understand and agree to comply with the SWMS. This document is a template only and it should be customised for your business.

When to Use

Safe Work Method Statements should generally be completed prior to high risk construction work commencing.

Who Should Use

This form can be completed by your workers, Safety Advisor, Project Manager or other competent person in your organisation. Workers must be consulted with during the development of a SWMS.

Legal Considerations

Legally, workplaces (or PCBUs) need to ensure a Safe Work Method Statement is completed prior to high-risk construction work commencing. The requirements for SWMS is outlined in:

  • Division 2 WHS Regulations – High risk construction work (safe work method statements)


What is a SWMS?

A Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a safety planning document developed for high-risk construction work.

What is the difference between a SWMS and a JSA?

In short, not much. Both documents outline the task steps, hazards and controls. Both documents are used to plan work safely. The main difference is that the contents of a SWMS is regulated under the WHS Regulations and legally a SWMS must be completed for high-risk construction work.

Article Sources and Further Reading

  1. Safe Work Method Statement for High risk Construction Work (Safe Work Australia) <>
  2. A Comprehensive Guide To Safe Work Method Statements (Spire Safety) <>
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