Steel Framing Safe Work Method Statement

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Steel Framing Safe Work Method Statement

Steel Framing 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 Steel Framing (Sandblasting) Safe Work Method Statement is completely comprehensive, easy to use and easy to implement into your business.

Look, we understand the challenges that many business owners face, let alone having to understand complicated safety documentation written in a language that nobody understands. 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 Steel Framing 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. General precautions
  8. Site safety
  9. Specific precautions
  10. Cutting and sizing
  11. Fastening
  12. Electrical safety
  13. Fixing infills and linings
  14. On completion

The Steel Framing Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Steel Framing 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 Steel Framing Safe Work 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 steel framing project as needed, making sure that your Steel Framing SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Steel Framing SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own steel framing SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. All persons involved in the steel framing work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Steel Framing 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 Steel Framing SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the steel framing work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Steel Framing SWMS.

When preparing your Steel Framing 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 Steel Framing

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when excavating and ensure that: 

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

Steel Framing Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Steel Framing as well as any qualifications that may be required for various steel framing 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 SteelFraming SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Steel Framing operations and steel framing work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Steel Framing SWMS

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

  • There may be traces of water-based soluble lubricant on surface of steel framing sections wearing hand protection is necessary when handling.
  • Ends of sections, and where sections are cut may have sharp edges wearing cut-resistant gloves is necessary.
  • Make sure that proper manual handling procedures are followed when handling bundles of framing or installing at height or in awkward or work restricted areas preferably, use mechanical aids or train workers in and use team lifting techniques.
  • Always store steel framing in dry areas protected from weather and chemical hazards.
  • Always store framing in areas away from walkways and traffic areas keep work areas clear at all times.
  • Always store loose parts and components in secure boxes and containers to prevent spillage of parts on to floor and work area.
  • Keep work areas free from framing on floor, and place offcuts in suitable bins.
  • Always make sure that adequate working space is available for persons to handle framing.
  • Make sure that framing is assembled and erected in proper order to provide support for additional components never stand components unsupported or unsecured where they may fall.
  • Make sure that head tracks and corner studs are secured before attaching intermediate studs and noggings wearing head and foot protection is necessary.
  • Provide enclosed or screened areas for cutting steel framing with cut-off wheel wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Be careful when cutting framing with snips to prevent offcuts flying when cut wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Keep flammable and combustible materials away from areas where sparks may fly during cutting with cut-off wheel.
  • Cut-off wheel will produce harmful noise levels when cutting steel framing wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Be careful when handling rough and sharp cut ends of framing wearing hand protection is necessary.
  • All persons in work area must be wearing appropriate hearing protection. This is necessary when nailing tools, explosive powered or impact tools, or crimping tools are used wearing hearing protection is necessary.Signpost hearing protection areas.
  • Eye protection is necessary and must be worn by all persons in area where powered fixing tools are being used wearing eye protection is necessary. Signpost all eye protection areas.
  • Provide suitable work platforms at least 450mm wide where persons are required to carry out work above floor level provide guardrails where persons could fall more than the specified distance.
  • Use portable safety switch when using electric power tools on steel framing work always use power tools only on protected circuits.
  • Make sure that electrical cables are not damaged when pulling through steel framing and that cables are kept away from where fixing screws, etc., are located make sure that drilled holes are deburred to prevent damage to insulation.
  • Never use fasteners longer than necessary when fixing sheet to framing to minimise risk of screws fouling electrical wiring.
  • Ensure manufacturer’s safety precautions specified on MSDS are followed when using adhesives to attach sheeting and infills to farming make sure that MSDS is current and wear appropriate PPE as specified.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary when using power tools to attach sheets to framing.
  • Wearing appropriate hearing protection is necessary when using drills to attach sheets to framing for long periods and/or in enclosed areas.

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.