Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)Safe Work Method Statement

A Safe Work Method Statement is a safety planning tool that identifies the hazards and risks of high risk construction work and documents the control measures necessary to manage the risks and ensure workplace health and safety. The safe work method statement should describe to workers in clear terms how risks from the work will be effectively controlled to enable a complete security. The aim is to improve the capability of your workplace by offering advice on the implementation of safety management systems and devising strategies for the same.

Safety Management Systems

An Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) is a coordinated and systematic approach to managing health and safety risks. OHSMSs help organisations to continually improve their occupational Health and Safety performance and compliance to health and safety legislation and standards.
In doing so, they establish safer working environment that protects people at work by eliminating, or better managing of health and safety hazards.

Safety Management Plan

This plan can assist principal contractors to manage their workplace health and safety obligations.
The principal contractor for a construction project must prepare a written Work Health and Safety Management Plan before commencing the project. The Safety Management System includes:

  • Policies and commitments that will be framed upon your workplace.
  • Planning the entire safety measure before actual implementation.
  • Undergoing the implementation of the measures with our health and safety consultants at Melbourne
  • Measuring the performance of the implemented measures on your environment.
  • Reviewing the effect of the implementation


The plan must state:

  • the names, positions and health and safety responsibilities of all persons at the workplace whose positions or roles involve specific health and safety responsibilities in connection with the project
  • the arrangements in place, between any persons conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace where the construction project is being undertaken, for consultation, cooperation and the coordination of activities in relation to compliance with their duties
    the arrangements in place for managing any work health and safety incidents that occur by occupational health and safety training at Melbourne
    any site-specific health and safety rules, and the arrangements for ensuring that all persons at the workplace are informed of these rules
    the arrangements for the collection and any assessment, monitoring and review of safe work method statements at the workplace.
  • The plan must be written so it is easy to understand, signed and dated by the principal contractor. It must be available for the length of the project. If a notifiable incident occurs in connection with the construction project, the person must keep the WHS management plan for at least two years after the incident occurs.
  • The principal contractor must sign and date safe work method statements that have been received and keep them with the plan, as well as monitor their implementation.


The principal contractor cannot allow work to start unless:

  • the plan has been discussed with or a copy given to all relevant people
  • the plan is available or readily available for inspection.

The principal contractor for a construction project must review and, as necessary, revise the workplace health and safety at Melbourne through management plan if there are changes in how risks will be managed. The principal contractors is also responsible to ensure that the relevant people are informed of the revisions.