Safe Work Method Statement is an excellent planning tool that ensures all risks and controls are identified. It helps improve productivity by ensuring the right people, plant and processes are ready when you need them.
The difference between a JSA and a SWMS is that SWMS are prescribed for all High-Risk Construction Work (HRCW).
A SWMS is highly recommended when performing a task that:
- Involves a risk of a person falling more than 2 m
- Is carried out on a telecommunication tower
- Involves demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing
- Involves demolition of an element of a structure that is related to the physical integrity of the structure
- Involves, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos
- Involves structural alteration or repair that requires temporary support to prevent collapse
- Is carried out in or near a confined space
- Is carried out in or near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5 m or a tunnel
- Involves the use of explosives
- Is carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping
- Is carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
- Is carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services
- Is carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere
- Involves tilt-up or precast concrete
- Is carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor in use by traffic other than pedestrians
- Is carried out in an area of a workplace where there is any movement of powered mobile plant
- Is carried out in areas with artificial extremes of temperature
- Is carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning
- Involves diving work.
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