Solar Panel Installation Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Solar Panel Installation 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 Solar Panel Installation 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


Safe Work Method Statement Template for Solar Panel Installation

Are you tackling a solar panel installation project and need to ensure workplace safety? Our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Template is designed with you in mind. This pre-filled, comprehensive template will save you time and help you focus on what truly matters – a safe and efficient work environment on site.

Key Features:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: This SWMS template comes pre-filled with necessary details, ensuring that you don’t miss out on any crucial information. It’s thoroughness helps cater to the specifics of solar panel installations without getting bogged down in generic statements.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing: The document is provided in Microsoft Word format, making it simple to edit and tailor to your particular project’s needs. Whether you’re a tech-savvy individual or not, customizing this template is straightforward.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: From the outset, outline the scope and intricate details of your specific project. This sets clear expectations and ensures everyone is on the same page, literally.
  • Includes checklist of any high risk machinery on site: Identify and list all high-risk machinery present on your site. This checklist acts as a prompt to inspect and manage these risks proactively, safeguarding all involved.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Proper training is foundational to safety. Use dedicated sections to note any specific training your staff have undergone, providing an audit trail and means to assure suitability.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: Assess and compare risk levels before starting work and after implementing control measures. This helps highlight the effectiveness of your safety protocols and adjustments.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Stay compliant with state and territory legislative requirements with handy references included within the template. Make adherence simpler and stress-free.
  • Includes all PPE required: Ensure that everyone knows what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is necessary for different tasks on site. A clear list helps prevent any lapses in proper gear usage.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Conduct thorough risk assessments using the structured format provided. The risk assessment matrix aids in quantifying and prioritising risks, making management more effective.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: Double-check that nothing is overlooked with a comprehensive checklist. This promotes thorough planning and smooth execution.
  • Includes sign off page for all workers and responsible persons: Secure sign-offs from all involved parties to affirm their understanding and commitment to the outlined methods and safety measures. Documentation like this fosters accountability.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: We know how valued simplicity can be. That’s why our template is user-friendly and adaptable to different projects – making it a perfect all-rounder for various scenarios.
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Whether your project is small-scale or a large contract involving tier 1 organisations, this template is built to support the complexities that come with significant works.
  • Quick delivery by email: Once you place your order, you won’t be kept waiting. We’ll swiftly deliver the template to your email so you can get started right away.

Keeping safety front and centre on your worksite is crucial. Our Safe Work Method Statement Template for Solar Panel Installation is here to assist you in doing just that – efficiently and effectively.


The Solar Panel Installation Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Site Preparation
    • Uneven ground
    • Weather conditions
  • 2. Delivery of Materials
    • Heavy lifting
    • Traffic movements
  • 3. Warehousing and Storage
    • Falling items
    • Incorrect stacking
  • 4. Roof Access
    • Falling from height
    • Unsecured ladder
  • 5. Installation of Safety Equipment
    • Falling
    • Incorrect use of safety harness
  • 6. Electrical Isolation
    • Electrical shock
    • Inadequate lockout/tagout
  • 7. Scaffold Assembly
    • Scaffold collapse
    • Falling tools
  • 8. Solar Panel Transportation
    • Dropping panels
    • Struck by moving objects
  • 9. Mounting System Installation
    • Fall from roof
    • Sharp edges
  • 10. Solar Panel Alignment
    • Eye strain
    • Muscle strains
  • 11. Electrical Connections
    • Electric shock
    • Cable tripping hazards
  • 12. Inverter Installation
    • Lifting strain
    • Confined space
  • 13. Testing and Commissioning
    • Fire risk
    • Arc flash
  • 14. Clean-up
    • Debris
    • Hazardous materials exposure
  • 15. Final Inspection
    • Structural integrity issues
    • Trip hazards
  • 16. Decommissioning (if required)
    • Electrical hazards
    • Manual handling
  • 17. Document Handover
    • Paper cuts
    • Data entry errors
  • 18. Training and Induction
    • Lack of understanding
    • Poor communication
  • 19. Emergency Procedures Review
    • Panic during evacuation
    • First aid inadequacy
  • 20. Post-Installation Monitoring
    • System malfunctions
    • Weather damage

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 Solar Panel Installation 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.

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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