Environmental Protection Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Environmental Protection Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) features:

  1. Instant download
  2. Acceptance Guaranteed
  3. Easy to edit Microsoft Word format so you can add your logo and site specific details
  4. Complies with latest legislation

Specifically, the Environmental Protection Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers:

  1. Operational guidelines, with a step by step approach to safe work
  2. Possible hazards that may be encountered
  3. Step by step safety procedures to follow
  4. Before work starts – Guidelines and Checks
  5. And more. Please check details below

The Safe Work Method Statement Template for Environmental Protection is a robust, finely-tuned tool designed to support and streamline your project’s safety processes. This template carries the stamp of quality and puts emphasis on user-friendliness and relevance. Dive into some of the key features below:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive – Our template lays the groundwork by being richly pre-filled with relevant segments, ensuring all you have to do is tailor it to suit your project specifics.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format – We understand each project is unique, hence we’ve given you the power to modify and adapt the template as per your individual needs.
  • Includes Scope of the Project and the Project Details – Enter your project’s vital information, so it slashes through ambiguity and pinpoints precise goals, activities, tasks, and objectives.
  • Checklist of Any High Risk Machinery On Site – With this checklist, you can effortlessly track and monitor high-risk machinery at the worksite for enhanced safety.
  • Space for Recording any Staff Training – Keep a seamless record of your staff training programs ensuring that safety instructions are duly noted, understood, and applied.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings – This feature allows you to evaluate the effectiveness of control measures by comparing the risk levels before and after their implementation.
  • Resources for Use of Legislative References – Legally compliant? Yes! It includes signposts to necessary legislative resources ensuring your operation stays within the legal bounds.
  • Inclusion of All PPE Required – Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements are prominently highlighted, ensuring your team has the right gear to work safely.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix – An in-built risk assessment tool to identify, evaluate, and mitigate potential hazards for a safe working environment.
  • Checklist for SWMS Requirements – Tick off each SWMS requirement as they are implemented, keeping you on track towards project safety compliance.
  • Sign Off Page – A dedicated page for workers signatures confirms their understanding and acceptance of the safety norms.
  • Easy to Use, Easy to Customise – Its simplicity is its strength. Designed with tradespeople in mind, this user-friendly template simplifies safety processes without sacrificing comprehensibility.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders – Whether it’s tier 1 contractual work or major tenders, this template seamlessly fits the bill, primed to help you meet stringent safety standards.
  • Quick Delivery by Email – Right after your purchase, we’ll zip the template straight to your inbox. Speedy and electronic – no pesky delays!

Remember mates, while our Safe Work Method Statement Template equips you with the right tools, the implementation of safety practices is what truly counts. Stay switched on and keep your worksites safe!

The Environmental Protection Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Preparation
    • Uncontrolled dust
    • Tripping hazards
  • 2. Site evaluation
    • Unsafe structure
    • Biological matters
  • 3. Waste Sorting
    • Dangerous materials
    • Sharp objects
  • 4. Waste Collection
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Exposure to harmful chemicals
  • 5. Loading of waste materials
    • Weight-related injuries
    • Slips
    • and falls
  • 6. Waste Transporting
    • Road accidents
    • Fire possibilities
  • 7. Unloading waste at facility
    • Splitting of containers
    • Falls from height
  • 8. Decontamination Procedure
    • Skin/eye irritations
    • Ingesting hazardous substances
  • 9. Equipment Maintenance
    • Risk of explosion
    • Electric shock
  • 10. Reporting
    • Inadequate information
    • Non-compliance issues
  • 11. Training
    • Inadequate knowledge or skills
    • Miscommunication
  • 12. Emergency Procedures
    • Insufficient training
    • Delay in emergency services
  • 13. Revising Waste Management Plan
    • Misinterpretation mistakes
    • Outdated procedures
  • 14. Waste Disposal
    • Contamination risks
    • Incorrect disposal procedure
  • 15. Facility Monitoring
    • Undetected leaks or emissions
    • Non-compliance to regulations
  • 16. Decommissioning and Site Reinstatement
    • Potential hazards leftover
    • Damage to flora and fauna
  • 17. Audit and Review
    • Unaddressed workplace risk
    • Non-conformities in work procedures
  • 18. Feedback and Improvement
    • Resistance to change
    • Insufficient improvement actions
  • 19. Equipment Calibration
    • Misalignment
    • Incorrect readings
  • 20. Stakeholder Engagement
    • Poor communication
    • Mismanaged expectations

Each Safe Work Method Statement has specific content that is referenced to, but not limited to a number of authorities such as Codes of Practice, Regulations, Australian Standards or the Act.

The Environmental Protection Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) references:

Ordering only takes a few minutes. Upon ordering completion, a link will be sent to your email address to download your documents, then add your company logo to the top of the header and you’re finished.

Your document will be delivered in editable Microsoft Word format. This PDF sample is just for preview

Frequent Questions

Safe Work Method Statement Template FAQ’s

What format is a BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template delivered in?

Because every SWMS needs to be edited to suit on-site specifics, it makes sense to deliver our Safe Work Method Statements in Microsoft Word Format for easy editing.

How many pages long is each Safe Work Method Statement Template?

It depends entirely on the nature of the risks associated with the SWMS Template, however on average the documents are between 7-15 pages in length. Each Safe Work Method Statement is comprehensive in nature and is easy to use.

What are before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are simply this: When you initially start to do a job, like say drill a hole in a wall, there will be a level of risk, which for this example let's just say is a level 2 (before). The idea is that then you would implement some type of control measure to reduce the risk, and in this case we would implement the control measure of wearing safety glasses to protect the eyes. This now would bring the risk of an injury down to a level 1 (after). Here you can see how the SWMS has a before and after risk rating for each step of a job, task or process.

Why do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates have before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are a simple and effective way to clearly show how, and how much a certain level of risk has been brought down for a certain step in a job task or process. Another reason also is that many larger contractors now like to see before and after risk ratings, so it makes sense to include them in our Templates.

Are the SWMS Templates pre-filled?

Absolutely. Every Safe Work Method Statement Template is pre-filled, high quality and comprehensive in order to help save you as much time, and deliver as much quality information as possible when conducting your own on site safety.

Do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates come with a Risk Assessment?

Yes. Each Safe Work Method Statement comes with it's own built in Risk Assessment which is part of the working document. The SWMS is straightforward, easy to use and has a risk calculator to work out the risk level and likelihood of the risk occurring.

Does each SWMS Template have the required PPE already suggested?

Yes, each SWMS Template has a range of PPE recorded, as well as picture icons of different PPE items that you can add/remove as you need to for the requirements of the job task.

What Should be Included in a Safe Work Method Statement?

If you're going to be doing any high risk construction work, you'll most likely not only need a Safe Work Method Statement, but you'll also need to make sure your SWMS has a number of checks and balances in order for the document to be accepted in your construction site safety. Purchasing a safe work method statement template can help save you quite a lot of time rather than starting from scratch. Also, just remember that even though every BlueSafe Template is highly comprehensive and pre-filled, your SWMS Template should be adjusted to suit any noticeable risks that are specific to the task you are performing.

Your Safe Work Method Statement must:
  • List or show the different types of construction work that is high risk
  • Clearly explain the workplace health and safety hazards as well as the risks that arise from the works
  • Explain in detail how each risk will be managed, maintained and controlled
  • Explain how each control measure will be implemented in order to reduce each risk
  • Describe how each control measure will be monitored an how often the control measures will be reviewed
  • Consider any additional factors that may impact the level of risk involved with the safety of the construction site such as weather, wind etc.
  • Be made available and accessible to read by employees and applicable personnel at any time.
  • Every SWMS should be easy to understand and written in plain language
  • Every BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template is straightforward and easy to use. They also have what's called 'before and after risk ratings', which basically means there's a built in risk assessment that is used in the process of using the document. This allows you to asses the initial risks and give them a score, and then assess the risk and give an 'after score' once the listed control measures are implemented. All our documents are comprehensive, pre-filled and easy to use. You can even download a sample below and see an example.
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