An SWMS Is a safe working procedure involving the assessment of risk Identifies potential hazards and determines safest way to complete tasks Analysis the task involved in a job concentrating on: risks, safety, quality, efficiency

The most common method or technique in both Hazard Management and Risk Assessments is to undertake a ‘Safe Work Method Statement’ (SWMS) or once commonly known as a ‘Job Safety Analysis’ (JSA).


SWMS will: ...


  • Ensure hazards are identified
  • Ensure degree of risk is quantified
  • Revise, modify and document work methods
  • Give employees input into their own work methods
  • Give site team members and other contractors understanding of particular work methods
  • Allow site team members to monitor & review work methods and safety


The following tasks involving Class 1 and serious Class 2 hazards always requires a production of SWMS:

  • Roofing
  • Steel Erection
  • Demolition
  • Formwork Erection & Stripping
  • Work near Electricity
  • Work in Lift Shafts
  • Work in Stairwells
  • Installation of Stairs
  • Installation of Precast Panels
  • Installation of Fire Services
  • Installation of Ductwork


SWMS can be developed by a contractor drafting the SWMS in consultation with the principle contractor and the health and safety representative. Alternatively, an employees who perform a common task working with their supervisor to draft the SWMS. In either case, consultation is mandatory.

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