Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)
Safe Work Method Statements, or SWMS, are an essential tool for the assessment and management of risk relating to individual tasks. They must be developed for each process or task, and with reference to each individual site to ensure that the particular risks faced by a worker are managed appropriately and that the worker understands how those risks are managed.
They are not a “one size fits all” document.
We can work with you, and review your current systems and processes to identify gaps and help you to build a robust and sensible Safe Work Method Statements capable of integration with your WHS and Environmental Management Systems.
Our SQE Manager, has proven experience in the field of building and construction Safety and Quality Management Systems. Contact us at email@example.com
All of the SWMS documentation is also available through the Resource Library on the Master Builders SA’s Master Suite.
This platform functions as your Quality, Safety and Environmental management systems (all document controlled) and aligned with ISO 9001:2016 AS/NZS 4801 ISO 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015, it contains:
- Integrated Management System (IMS) Manuals, Quality Manuals
- Management Plans for Quality, WHS, and Environmental
- All supporting QHSE (including policies, procedures, forms, WMS, SWMS, SOP’s & SWI’s)
SWMS are essential tools that capture a business’s understanding of the risks of each process. They must be developed for each process and each site, and must be regularly reviewed to ensure they reflect the business’s ongoing improvements.
Master Builders SA runs a half-day course to guide you through the writing of Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) in a simple and effective format.
Examples of SWMS
SWMS are technical documents that must be tailored to the individual task, business, site and process. They bring together a company’s systems, practices and resources and so cannot be simply copied from a pro forma to be both compliant and effective.
Our Safety, Quality and Environmental team has previously assisted clients with the development of their own SWMS, including:
- Safe Work Method Statement for Timber Roof Truss Installation Crane; and
- Safe Work Method Statement for Roof Metal Installation.
These documents cannot be used as they are. They must be tailored to your business, its processes and the site. Master Builders SA offers a consultancy service to assist with this process.
Master Builders SA recommends members undertake our half-day course on developing Safe Work Method Statements and speak with our SQE department about additional resources available for purchase.
Building Site Signs
Site Safety Signs
To avoid fines and non-compliance you must display adequate signage at your building site before any construction work begins. There’s no reason to fork out for fines for something as simple as putting up the right signage!
While the term “adequate” can be vague, depending on the size and scope of the project, there should be a minimum of one general safety sign posted at each building, as well as additional signs at any point that could be reasonably deemed to be an entrance into the building zone.
In addition to general safety info, health and safety legislation stipulates that anyone on or near a construction site must be warned of all hazardous activities related to the project.
Any safe work site should have a clear set of rules and a designated safety manager named and contact details provided. Display site rules where they can be easily seen, in a high-traffic area.
COVID-19 Responsible Work Site Signs
We MUST keep our building and construction industry open. To assist and show that your building site is being responsible we have created new COVID-19 Responsible Work Site signs.
These signs show how you’re complying as a building site to be responsible and ensure those visiting or working on the site are aware of all the social distancing measures and stop the spread actions that need to be adhered to.
These signs are made from corflute and are fully waterproof and measure 800mm x 1200mm. The signs are easily attached to safety fence or similar at the entrance of your building site.
The turnaround time is approximately 1 business day for a draft to be provided for approval with your company logo and details added and from approval 2-4 business days to delivery.
Quality Management Systems
Our team of consultants have proven experience in the field of building and construction Quality Management Systems.
We work with you, and review your current systems and processes to identify gaps and help you to build a robust and sensible quality management system capable of integration with your WHS and Environmental Management Systems,
All of the supporting documentation for your management systems are available through the Master Builders SA Suite including:
What is a Quality Management System?
A quality management system (QMS) is a collection of business processes focused on achieving quality policy and quality objectives to meet customer requirements. (Wikipedia).
Why do I need a Quality Management System?
There are many benefits associated with the implementation of a quality management system, including reduction of redundant processes, product quality enhancement, reduce variation and re-work through general efficiency and effectiveness and business improvement. However a common driver our members offer is ‘because our client has requested it’. In our experience we often find our members already have in place various quality assurance processes, it is simply a matter of bringing these systems of work together.
What is ISO9001?
A definition of a quality system from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is ‘the management system used to direct and control an organization with regard to quality’.
The Australian and international standard AS/NZS ISO 9001:2016 Quality Management System – Requirements (the QA standard) is a system which once developed and implemented may be audited by a JAS-ANZ accredited certification body to obtain third party certification.
What is DPTI Quality Assurance System?
As per “DPTI Prequalification Information edition 2012” (www.dpti.sa.gov.au):
Government is the single largest and regular purchasers of services from the building and construction industry. The prequalification process provide a mechanism to continually improve the performance of contractors seeking government work.
“Quality Assurance system requirements are:
- Certified ISO9001:2016 System for Categories 1 and 2,
- Certified Quality System to DPTI requirements for Categories 3 and 4.
Note that quality assurance is not required for pre-qualification as a Residential Building Contractor.
Hazard & Incident Reporter
The Hazard and Incident Reporter will assist organisations to achieve 3rd party certification (ISO 9001, 45001, 4801, 14001), with a simple and user friendly interface.
In the Product Library section of Master Suite you will find the Hazard and Incident Reporter . This reporter has been developed as an intuitive tool that is able to produce reports showing trends and ultimately providing you with business insights around safety.
Master Suite is also continually updated according to the ever-changing workplace and safety laws to reduce your risk of non-compliance and penalties.
A better Work Health and Safety (WHS) system will help you and your business meet legal WHS obligations and create a better place to work. Safety is an enabler for production.
The Hazard and Incident Reporter can either assist in the development of a WHS management system or just simply add to and improve a current system.
- Colour coded summary to give a quick snap shot of the status or progress of each hazard or incident report.
- The report page only provides the critical detail that needs to be recorded in accordance with Legislation.
- Guidance notes are embedded in each report to assist in successfully completing the report.
- Incidents, hazards, and near misses can be automatically formulated into a report specific for an event.
- Generated actions can be directly emailed to the responsible person/s from the system.
- Easily create and print hazard and injury graphs.
Internal Audit Services
Quality Assurance Audits are designed to identify areas of improvement within your quality management system. Our QA consultants focus their attention on QA standards, client expectations and other compliance requirements and conduct them in line with industry best practice requirements.
We can also help you with developing QA tools and identify risk aspects in your business management system through the development of quality management plans, inspection test plans, log registers, design management and much more.
Further improvement can be made via developing a Quality Management System. Our consultants consider your existing work practices, relevant management system and compliance standards when developing QA systems and provide a formal document with recommendations for implementation including outlining procedures that enable all employees to clearly understand the requirements.
Our QA consultants have worked directly in the construction and building industry and are well equipped to carry out QA Site Inspections. These inspections include observing contractors perform their scope of works as documented within relevant QA documentation: specifications, inspection test plans, quality management plan or other. At the conclusion of the inspection a report is completed with any deviation or problem areas identified.
Need more information?
Contact our Work Health & Safety Team today to find out more about the products and services we offer in this area.