Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement

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Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement

Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to start work on site, looking to make your workplace safer or going for a Local Council Tender, the Safety Harnesses (Sandblasting) Safe Work Method Statement is completely comprehensive, easy to use and easy to implement into your business.

Look, we understand business can be hard enough as it is without all the red tape, often written in language only a martian would understand. That's why every Safe Work Method Statement Template is written in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you on site, save you loads of time and are easy to use. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.


The Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers the following Job Steps, including potential hazards, control measures and risk ratings:

  1. Planning and preparation
  2. Training and capabilities
  3. Assess onsite conditions
  4. Set up work area
  5. Temporary Traffic Control (TMP)
  6. Delivery of materials and equipment
  7. Marking
  8. Inspection
  9. Use
  10. Withdrawal from service
  11. Maintenance
  12. On completion

The Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement Includes


Risk Assessment Matrix | Hierarchy of Controls | PPE | Emergency Response

Your Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement is ready to be used in three easy steps:

  1. Add your company logo and details to the SWMS Template.
  2. Identify site specific risks.
  3. Address any site specific risks and add them to your SWMS Template.

Your SWMS is now read to use, and may also be used as training materials for work related activities such as Workplace Inductions or WHS-OHS Toolbox Meeting Talks.

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View a Safe Work Method Statement Example

See an example of a Safe Work Method Statement Template below. All our SWMS Template documents are comprehensive in nature, easy to use, and are a huge time saver. Our Safe Work Method Statement Templates are quick and easy to customise to your specific business or operation and are perfectly suited for every day use, for larger contracts and tenders right through to qualifying for contractor management platforms such as CM3.

What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

A SWMS is a document that outlines the high-risk construction work activities that will be performed at a workplace, the hazards that will be present as a result of these activities, and the controls that will be implemented to mitigate the risks.

A single SWMS can be utilised for numerous high-risk construction work activities, such as employing powered mobile plant, working at heights of more than 2 metres, and working near to a road that is used by traffic other than pedestrians.

A SWMS is an administrative control that is used to support higher-order controls, such as engineering controls, that are designed to remove or reduce hazards to health and safety.

A SWMS differs from other documentation such as a Job Safety Analysis or a Safe Operating Procedure in that it focuses on specific jobs or processes. A SWMS isn't meant to be a procedure; rather, it's a tool for supervisors and workers to check and monitor the workplace control measures. For high-risk work activities, a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking)  must prepare a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or check that one has been prepared before starting work. It is important to note that before any work process has started, a SWMS must be prepared.

A PCBU, on the other hand, also must manage health and safety hazards by eliminating or reducing them as much as possible. Before beginning any work on a project, the principal contractor must also obtain a copy of the SWMS.

What information does a Safe Work Method Statement need to contain?

A Safe Work Method Statement should identify high-risk work and any specify hazards related to high-risk construction work as well as any health and safety risks. The SWMS should describe the risk-control measures to be implemented, monitored, and reviewed and also should describe how the risk-control measures will be effective at reducing or eliminating the risk, and how they will be implemented, monitored, and reviewed.

A Safe Work Method Statement should be concise and focus on outlining the specific risks identified for the high-risk work to be performed, as well as the control measures to be implemented to ensure that the work is completed safely.

A long and overly complex Safe Work Method Statement which could be difficult to comprehend, implement and monitor or review may be confusing for workers to mentally digest and therefore is not ideal in helping to reduce or eliminate risks in the workplace. It is imperative that workers, and especially those who do not speak English, are able to understand the Safe Work Method Statement. Consider having pictures or diagrams added to the SWMS as a more effective way of presenting information contained within the SWMS.

The SWMS should also contain other regulatory requirements to protect health and safety of all personnel, such as controlling noise exposure and manual job risks. Also, keep in mind that evidence of a completed risk assessment may be required by the regulator or for auditing reasons if the Safe Work Method Statement is based on a workplace-specific risk assessment.

Who's Responsible for creating the Safe Work Method Statement?

In collaboration with workers who will be directly engaged in the activity, the person responsible for carrying out the work is usually best equipped to prepare the SWMS document. In most cases, this means that a Safe Work Method Statement is created by the builder for his or her employees, or by the subcontractor for their employees.

To establish who is in the best position to prepare the Safe Work Method Statement, the principle contractor, builder, and/or subcontractors should decide who will take responsibility for the SWMS.

It's also a requirement that all managers, contractors, supervisors, and workers be involved in the creation of a Safe Work Method Statement. Workers must be consulted so that they understand the SWMS in depth and what they must do to establish and maintain risks and implement control measures to manage the risk. Sharing information and utilising workers' knowledge and experience may also aid in ensuring that the task is completed in accordance with the SWMS.

If your workplace has a Health and Safety Representative, they should also be contacted while creating a Safe Work Method Statement.

What does the principal contractor's responsibility entail?

Before beginning work, a principal contractor must take all reasonable steps to obtain a SWMS from any contractor performing high-risk work. If no SWMS exists, the principal contractor must arrange for one to be created, for example by the contractor or subcontractor.

A general contractor should establish plans to ensure that high-risk work is carried out safely and in compliance with the Safe Work Method Statement. This can be done by keeping an eye on how the SWMS is being implemented on the ground.

The principal contractors' WHS management plan must also include detailed arrangements for collecting, assessing, monitoring, and reviewing the SWMS, according to the WHS Regulations.

How to Write a Safe Work Method Statement 

If you're looking to write your own Safety Harnesses SafeWork Method Statement, the first step is to create the document as a Safe Work Method Statement Template. This way, you can use the same SWMS Template and then adjust the document for each different safety harnesses project as needed, making sure that your Safety Harnesses SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Safety Harnesses SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own safety harnesses SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Safety Harnesses SWMS such as: 

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Safety Harnesses SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications. 
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to safety harnesses work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the safety harnesses work is being conducted, secondly, communicate the risks and hazards and then take steps to eliminate or control each hazard in relation to the safety harnesses work being done.
  • Any changes added to the Safety Harnesses SWMS after an incident or a near miss. 

Note: The Safety Harnesses SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the safety harnesses work is completed. Where the Safety Harnesses SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the SafetyHarnesses Safe Work Method Statement, the Safety Harnesses SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve a risk of a person falling more than 2 meters?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out on a telecommunication tower?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines?
  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services?
  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve demolition of an element related to the physical integrity of a structure?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere?
  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos?
  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve tilt-up or precast concrete?
  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve structural alteration or repair that requires temporary support to prevent collapse?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out in or near a confined space?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out in an area of a workplace where there is any movement of powered mobile plant?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out in/near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5m or tunnel involving use of explosives?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out in areas with artificial extremes of temperature?
  • Is the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning?
  • Does the safety harnesses work outlined in the Safety Harnesses SWMS involve diving work?

Your Safety Harnesses Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, such as:

Your Safety Harnesses SWMS should also list any Personal Protective Equipment such as:

  • Foot Protection - Boots or closed in shoes
  • Hand Protection - Gloves
  • Head Protection - Hard hat or helmet
  • Hearing Protection - Ear plugs or ear muffs
  • Eye Protection - Safety glasses, goggles or face shields
  • Respiratory Protection - Face masks etc
  • Face Protection - Face shield, welding mask etc
  • High Visual Clothing
  • Protective Clothing - Overalls etc
  • Fall Protection - Safety harness, edge protection etc
  • Sun Protection - Sunscreen, hat etc
  • Hair and Jewellery Secured - Hair Net, etc

The Safety Harnesses SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Safety Harnesses SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to safety harnesses work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Safety Harnesses and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Safety Harnesses SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the safety harnesses work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Safety Harnesses SWMS;
  2. Persons who will need to change a work procedure or system as a result of the review are advised of the changes in a way that will enable them to implement their duties consistently with the revised Safety Harnesses SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the safety harnesses work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Safety Harnesses SWMS. 

When preparing your Safety Harnesses SWMS, here are some topics you might want to also include to ensure you have covered as many risks and hazards as possible.

Planning and Preparation When Working With and Around Safety Harnesses.

When writing your Safety Harnesses SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Safety Harnesses in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

  • Health and Safety guidelines for safety harnesses work
  • Emergency plans and evacuation procedures for the Safety Harnesses SWMS
  • Worker inductions for Safety Harnesses
  • Toolbox talks (safety meetings) added to the Safety Harnesses SWMS
  • Outline details of supervision of the site and workers on the Safety Harnesses SWMS
  • Check all workers qualifications, permits and competencies for Safety Harnesses operations
  • Ensure the Safety Harnesses and any related equipment is functioning correctly
  • Hazard reporting procedures in place and added to the Safety Harnesses SWMS
  • Incident reporting procedures in place and added to the Safety Harnesses SWMS
  • Exclusion zones when conducting safety harnesses work
  • Risk Assessment for TASK completed and noted on the Safety Harnesses SWMS
  • Electrical NO GO ZONES identified, discussed and documented. 

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using safety harnesses and ensure that: 

  1. A risk assessment of the safety harnesses work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct safety harnesses work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting safety harnesses work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Safety Harnesses SWMS details
  5. If conducting Safety Harnesses at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for safety harnesses work

Safety Harnesses Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Safety Harnesses as well as any qualifications that may be required for various safety harnesses projects before starting work. If White Cards are required, retain copies of all cards, licenses and qualifications of personnel.

All personnel must:

  1. Be trained and/or have received instructions on the Safety Harnesses SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Safety Harnesses operations and safety harnesses work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Safety Harnesses SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own SafetyHarnesses Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • The device designation, such as Pole strap, 'lanyard assembly', etc.,
  • The name, trade name or trademark of the manufacturer,
  • The device's serial number,
  • For fall-arrest harnesses and lanyard assemblies, the maximum free fall allowable,
  • Any instruction necessary for fitting, assembly and putting-on, etc.,
  • If applicable, a statement for the specific application of the device,
  • A statement showing the device is designed for use in more than one specific configuration together with the applicable limitations, such as attachment points.
  • The location where the primary load-bearing attachment hardware attaches to the pole strap, restraint line or lanyard assembly,
  • The month and year when the device should be discontinued from service, (Maximum limit is 10 years from the date of manufacture.
  • Use harnesses only for the purpose for which they were designed.
  • If used for any purpose other than their intended function, harnesses may fail to provide necessary level of protection, and/or expose the wearer to risk levels that are unacceptable in the performance of the task being carried out.
  • Safety harnesses above 10 years of age must never be used.
  • Equipment age is more than 10 years.
  • Labels are found obliterated, illegible, missing or removed.
  • Evidence is found for charring, stiffness or melting, or there are indications of the device being exposed to extreme heat or cold.
  • It shows damage from exposure to organic solvents, caustics or acids.
  • There is indication of excessive wear on the device, such as frayed or furry.
  • There is indication of excessive pitting corrosion, general corrosion, or any broken, worn, distorted, burred or cracked hardware.
  • Knots have formed in any part of the equipment.
  • The device shows visible damage, loss of resilience, discoloration that raises doubts regarding the ability for withstanding potential overloading and the strength of the equipment.
  • Part of the mechanism is found to be not moving freely.
  • There is a visible reduction in the cross-sectional area of webbing or rope, lose or unravelling of fibres, stitching or strands.
  • Approved cleaning methods are unable to remove the excessive contamination.
  • Do not use out-of-date or faulty equipment.
  • After inspection, lay out the harness and make sure it is not tangled or crossed.
  • On the attachment point on the rear of the harness, attach the lanyard assembly.
  • Wear on the body as like any other similar garment.
  • Connect all buckles, and make sure the belts are not twisted or crossed.
  • Tighten the belts and make the harness fit firmly on the body, do not over tight.
  • Make sure body movements are still full range, while wearing the harness.
  • Recheck all buckles and belts. If there is evidence of movement, do not use the harness.
  • Fit harnesses properly for safety in use.
  • The equipment has been involved in a fall, or
  • The equipment is more than 10 years old, or
  • The equipment is deteriorated, damaged or worn.
  • Never use stressed or out-of-date equipment.
  • Synthetic textile material may be cleaned with warm water and mild soap
  • Harness material should not be cleaned or washed using either abrasive cleaner, solvents, etc.
  • Inspect all fittings, buckles and belts for evidence of damage, distortion or wear.
  • Unauthorised replacement of parts or repairs must not be allowed.
  • Harnesses must be stored in dry, cool areas, hanging from hooks for avoiding entanglement.
  • Contact supplier or manufacturer for any advice on specialist cleaning.
  • Use mild cleaners or soap only.
  • Never use faulty or out-of-date equipment.
  • The device must be returned to supplier or manufacturer for repair, or discard.

National: View the Model Codes of Practice for Excavation Work on Safe Work Australia's website here.
Victoria: Victoria's Code of Practice for Excavation Work may be viewed on Work Safe Victoria's website here.