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SWMS Template

A SWMS or Work Method Statement is a crucial part of any Workplace Safety Management Plan. So how do you obtain a high quality SWMS Template that is specific to your business and work activity?

Option one: Save time with our ready to use SWMS Templates

With over 400 Safe Work Method Statement templates we have something for every business. All templates are available for use with Microsoft Word, allowing you to customise each document to suit your specific requirements.

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Option two: Write your own SWMS using our free blank template

Step oneDownload our free blank template

Note: You will need Microsoft Word on your computer to edit this file.

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Step twoCustomise and write your Work Method Statement using the guidelines outlined below.

Note: Each SWMS template needs to be customised to be made site specific before use.

  1. Personal Protective Equipment
    Outline in detail any PPE required for task
  2. Safety Notes
    Explain the scope and the limitations of the SWMS
  3. Planning
    Include description of potential hazards, info that can be used to make safe decisions before beginning the task. It includes topics such as: site assessments, correct equipment choices, time and resource planning, obtaining information from qualified persons (engineers, electricians, hygienists, etc), obtaining permits, notifying authorities, etc
  4. Preparation
    Provide more site-specific information. Whilst the planning section looks at the bigger picture, the preparation section focuses on what is needed locally at the time
  5. Pre-Operational Inspection
    Includes checks that all equipment intended to be used is in a safe condition. Include machinery, tools, lifting equipment and associated slings, or other such necessary items
  6. Operation
    Outline the task in sequence. All risks are to be identified
  7. Maintenance
    Highlight maintenance regimes or inspection requirements where they are legislated (such as tanks, silos, cranes etc). Ensure reference is made to Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures and manufacturer's instructions.
  8. Emergency Procedures
    Highlight essential emergency information. This can include specific first-aid procedures if relevant
  9. References
    Provide as many references as applicable and relevant. Reference Authorities and other reputable industry sources. Ensure nationally recognised references used where possible. Ensure references are relevant to the state the work is to be conducted in.
  10. Specifics
    Provide detailed outline of the following.
    • Relevant Legislation, Codes of Practice
    • Formal Training, licenses required for workers undertaking this task
    • Duties of workers undertaking this task
    • Details of supervisory arrangements for workers undertaking this task
    • Details of regulatory permits/licenses, Engineering details/certificates/WorkCover approvals
    • Plant/Tools/Equipment
    • Required SWMS training
    • Maintenance Details for plant/equipment used on job

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