Material Handler Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Material Handler 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 Material Handler 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

Introducing the Safe Work Method Statement Template for Material Handler. This handy resource comes crammed full of great features to aid in your health and safety processes whether on construction sites, warehouses, or any work site handling materials.

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Save time with our pre-filled template that covers all essential elements of health and safety requirements, ensuring a comprehensive approach to material handling procedures.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word: No need for fancy software, just edit this template right in your familiar platform, MS Word. Easier to tailor to your needs.
  • Includes project specifics: Add in project scope, details of the tasks at hand and data associated with your project, aligning the SWMS with the job requirements.
  • High risk machinery checklist: Be proactive and identify any potential hazards associated with equipment and machinery on site. Perfect for keeping track and mitigating risks ahead of time.
  • Training log spaces: Crucial for recording who has completed their safety training. Nice and organised, no more guessing about staff qualifications.
  • Risk ratings before and after measures: Evaluate the effectiveness of your safety measures by comparing risks before and after they’re implemented. Useful for continual improvement of safety standards.
  • Legislative reference resources: All the relevant legal references you need to ensure legislative compliance are included. Makes staying on top of regulations less daunting.
  • PPE Requirements: A complete list of required personal protective gear for tasks is provided. No second-guessing about what gear will keep everyone safe.
  • Included risk assessment and matrix: Your tool for identifying, evaluating and prioritising potential hazards. Make WHS a systematic process.
  • All-requirements checklist: A comprehensive overview to ensure you’ve addressed all necessary SWMS requirements. Simply put, it’s your safety net!
  • Sign off page: An essential feature for documentation, accountability, and ensuring everyone concerned has reviewed the SWMS.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: We’ve designed our template keeping simplicity in mind. It’s straightforward so you won’t need a tech-whiz to figure this baby out!
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Our SWMS Template provides a level of detail that matches up perfectly with requirements of complex tender and contract works. Pitches and proposals made simpler.
  • Quick delivery by email: No waiting around for snail mail. Your got-to safety statement lands in your inbox pronto, faster than your morning barista brews your coffee!

Mate, don’t take chances with work safety. Our SWMS Template will surely lend a hand! Remember, she’s here for support but not an absolute solution. Use her wisely and still make sure you’re doing your part to maintain a safe environment for everyone on site.

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

  • 1. Preparation
    • Poor lighting
    • Trips and falls
  • 2. Inspect Equipment
    • Faulty equipment
    • Unguarded machinery parts
  • 3. Load Material
    • Heavy lifting
    • Prolonged physical exertion
  • 4. Transport Material
    • Moving vehicles
    • Uneven surface
  • 5. Unload Material
    • Dropping material
    • Heavy lifting
  • 6. Re-check Equipment
    • Unguarded machinery parts
    • Faulty equipment
  • 7. Cleanup
    • Chemical exposure
    • Slips and falls due to liquid spill
  • 8. Equipment Maintenance
    • Electrocution
    • Crush injuries
  • 9. Equipment storage
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Struck by moving object
  • 10. Record Keeping
    • Disorganised records
    • Lost information
  • 11. Safety meetings
    • Miscommunication
    • Negligence of safety measures
  • 12. Emergency response practice
    • Panic and confusion
    • Inefficient response
  • 13. Regular Training
    • Inadequate knowledge
    • Non-compliance
  • 14. Safety gear check
    • Damaged gear
    • Improper use of safety gear
  • 15. Health surveillance
    • Undetected workers' health deterioration
    • Lack of action for worker complaints
  • 16. Waste disposal procedures
    • Exposure to harmful substances
    • Incorrect disposal method
  • 17. Incident reporting
    • Delayed or no incident report
    • Incomplete information
  • 18. Hazard Material Handling
    • Exposure to harmful substances
    • Improper handling techniques
  • 19. Fire safety procedures
    • Poor evacuation procedure
    • Lack of fire extinguisher knowledge
  • 20. Closure and Review
    • Incomplete paperwork
    • Missing necessary steps

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 Material Handler 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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