Focusing on Safety with Safe Work Method Statements

Focusing on Safety with Safe Work Method Statements

Amongst the noise and buzz on any civil construction site it’s common to hear discussions on safety. It’s both inevitable and a welcome evolution in the industry. The overall principles of Quality Health Safety and Environment (QHSE) are now embraced by all stakeholders in construction projects. One of the tools used in delivering safe worksites is the Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS).

This key tool stands alongside other project critical documents such as plans and project briefs. But what is it, and where does it fit into your professional development?

Broadly speaking, the Safe Work Method Statement identifies and records all high-risk work activities that will be carried out on a construction worksite. For example, these include excavation and trench work, working in confined spaces and operating plant such as excavators, backhoes, forklifts, and EWP. The document analyses what hazards may arise from the high-risk work activities identified, and explores the measures that will be put in place to mitigate, or control the risks.

Think ‘Risk Management’. Think Safe Work Method Statements!

So, how do these documents flow into your professional development, and how do you develop a level of competence and understanding in the SWMS.

Let’s take one of the many courses delivered by A1 Group Training as an example. The Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations (RII30815) is a great option for experienced plant operators wanting to turn their skills into a valuable qualification. With industry renowned trainer Danny McCartin facilitating the training, a course participant will complete a total of 19 units. Within the course content, participants will study a range of information related to workplace health and safety policies and procedures. The SWMS falls within that content, as it does in a range of other courses.

The Safe Work Method Statement is a critical piece of information that every worker stepping foot onto a construction site needs to know and understand to meet their duties under Workplace Health and Safety legislation in Queensland. If it all seems a bit overwhelming, then it’s important to link up with a quality registered training organisation delivering nationally recognised training, AND in a way that all participants will understand. It just makes ensuring safety on the job site so much easier!

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