If your Principal Contractor (Builder) is not in the list above, the you must email this form onto your own Principal Contractor before commencing work.
RECOMMENDED STEPS FOR FILLING OUT THE SWMS TEMPLATE
Consult with relevant workers involved with the high risk construction work, on the activities involved and associated hazards, risks and controls.In the ‘What is the high risk construction work?’ column, identify the high risk construction work that will be undertaken.In the ‘What are the hazards and risks?’ column, list the hazards and risks for each high risk construction work activity.Identify the workplace circumstances that may affect the way in which the high risk construction work will be done, for example:information relating to the design of the structure, the workplace (e.g. location, access, transport) and information contained in the WHS Management Planinformation on any ‘essential services’ located on or near the workplace confirmation the regulator has been advised of any ‘notifiable work’ (e.g. demolition work involving explosives)safe work methods and plant to be used.In the ‘How will the hazards and risks be controlled?’ column, select an appropriate control or combination of controls by working through the hierarchy of controls. It is important you are able to justify why the selected control measure is reasonably practicable for the specific workplace.
Selecting control measures
Eliminate the risks so far as is reasonable practicable.If this is not reasonably practicable, minimise them so far as reasonably practicable by: substituting the hazardisolating the hazardimplementing engineering controlsIf the risk still remains, minimise the remaining risk by implementing administrative controlsIf the risk still remains, minimise the remaining risk by ensuring the provision and use of suitable personal protective equipment (PPE).
SWMS compliance (information, monitoring and review)
Brief each team member on the SWMS before commencing work. Ensure each team member knows work is to stop if the SWMS is not followed.Observe the work being carried out and monitor compliance with the SWMS. Review risk controls regularly, including:before a change occurs to the work itself, the system of work or the work locationif a new hazard associated with the work is identifiedwhen new or additional information about the hazard becomes availablewhen a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the workwhen risk controls are inadequate or the SWMS is not being followed.In all of the above situations stop the work, review the SWMS, adjust as required and re-brief the team. Keep the SWMS in a readily available location for the duration of the high risk construction work and for at least 2 years after a notifiable incident occurs.If high risk construction work is being carried out in connection with a construction project, the principal contractor must be provided with a copy of the SWMS before the high risk work starts.
NOTE: Work must be performed in accordance with this SWMS. This SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection until the high risk construction work to which this SWMS relates is completed. If the SWMS is revised, all versions should be kept.If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the high risk construction work in this SWMS, the SWMS must be kept for at least 2 years from the date of the notifiable incident.
Below are some control measures typically required to address hazards and risks in this type of work. Consider whether each control measure is appropiate on this site before commencing work.
Arrangements for ensuring compliance, monitoring and review of SWMS's on site are specified in the WHS Management Plan for this work site.
Stop, Think, Assess, ReviewStop before you begin.Think about the task, any equipment needed. Think about other options if this task cannot be done safely.Assess the situation by watching/talking to people at the sight to see if they are willing and able to participate in the task.Review other options available if not ready for task. Talk to supervisor/manager about other options.
The previous items are not a complete list of all possible control measures to mitigate every possible risk. It is always your responsibility to assess whether there are any other hazards and risks associated with tasks being carried out, and to apply or implement effective control measures acccordingly.
It is your responsibility to consultatively communicate your work place activities on site, the risks, hazards and control measures associated with those activities to all other stakeholders who may be affected by your tasks. This may be achieved by a "General site toolbox meeting", or by individual meetings with others stakeholders or Site Safety Supervisor on site, depending on how each site is organised.