Safe Work Method Statements

OFSC releases new fact sheet: Guidance for Producing Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)

Do you need guidance to develop your Safe Work Method Statements?

The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner has new support available for builders and civil contractors developing Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), with the release of a new fact sheet.

Designed in collaboration with Federal Safety Officers, the fact sheet provides simple, straightforward information and is an important resource tool for developing your SWMS.

Under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Scheme, SWMS are one of the key pieces of documentation assessed during on-site audits and form the main source of documented Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) guidance for employees.

It is important that employees understand how the process of SWMS work and are actively involved in its development.

For more information please read the factsheet or contact the FSC Assist Line on 1800 652 500.

Barry Spud

Barry Spud

Safety Crusader, Zero Harm Zealot and Compliance Controller at Everything Safety
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What is a Safety Spud? Lets look at a few more spud head activities in risk and safety: 1. Coming on to site saying there is a safety issue when in fact there’s no such thing, it’s a political issue. 2. ‘Falling apart’ when people make choices that we think are stupid because they won’t do as we ‘tell’ them. Then we put on the angry face and think that overpowering others creates ownership. 3. Putting on the zero harm face, presenting statistics, knowing it has nothing to do with culture, risk or safety. 4. Putting on the superman (hazardman) suit and pretending to be the saviour of everything, this is good spud head cynic stuff. 5. Thinking that everyone else is a spud head except me. 6. Thinking there’s such a thing as ‘common’ sense and using such mythology to blame and label others. 7. Accepting safety policies and processes that dehumanize others. 8. Blaming, ego-seeking, grandstanding and territory protecting behind the mask of safety. 9. Thinking that risk and safety is simple when in fact it is a wicked problem. Denying complexity and putting your spud head in the sand. 10. Continually repeating the nonsense language and discourse of risk aversion that misdirect people about risk, safety, learning and imagination.

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