Work Method Statements

Comprehensive WMS information suitable for Principal Contractors and Sub-Contractors

Comprehensive WMS / SWMS information

Suitable for Principal Contractors and Sub-Contractors

Work Method Statements

Every organisation needs Work Method Statements (WMS), how many they need depends on the work that they undertake. A Work Method Statement or WMS needs to be created for ALL high-risk work that a company does prior to the work commencing and if we don’t have one that you are searching for we can create one specifically to meet your needs.

What is a Work Method Statement

A Work Method Statement, also known as a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a document that identifies health and safety risks and outlines appropriate controls to minimise the identified risks. They are required by law for what can be referred to as “high risk tasks” in the construction industry, and are recommended for use across all industries.

However, they are becoming a standard method of demonstrating a work system that is safe, that training has been provided, instruction given and supervision applied.

A growing number of industries require them as normal practice to ensure that health and safety of workers is protected through controlling potential risk.

The information that must be in a WMS according to legislation includes:

  • A comprehensive description of the task that is the focus of the WMS
  • The company ABN, certificate numbers and other official information
  • The controls that will be in place to minimise risk
  • A description of how the task will be carried out and the method used to implement the controls
  • How efficient the controls will be and the method by which their effectiveness will be measured
  • The planning for worker training and the supervision that will be applied

How to assemble a Work Method Statement

1. Create a team of people to complete the task

People that are part of this team need to be relevant to the task that the WMS is being created for. People such as:

  • Workers that do the work as a part of their assigned duties
  • Health and safety representatives for the area
  • A delegate from a relevant health and safety committee
  • Others that have pertinent knowledge that can assist with the creation of the document

2. Identify the activities of the task

With most activities there are stages or steps that are undertaken prior to the task being undertaken, these all need to be included and in the order that they would be performed. Things such as:

  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Any inspections that need to be performed prior to the task
  • Maintenance checks
  • The operation itself
  • Emergency Plans

3. Identify the hazards that accompany all activities

Work through each activity step by step to ensure that all hazards are documented, they could include things such as:

  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Injury from manual handling
  • Machinery entanglement

Speak to qualified people when identifying hazards. It is also helpful to determine whether there has been an incident previously where others have encountered these hazards.

Make sure that the hazards are clearly documented on the WMS.

4. Recommend controls

After the hazards are identified, appropriate controls must be decided upon to minimise the risks to health and safety.

Note: Any risk assessment must be undertaken before the recommended controls are in place.

Consultation as a part of the process

After the WMS has been completed the next step is to consult with workers that are affected by the document. They need to be walked through the document and feedback sought of all aspects of the WMS.

Implementation of the Work Method Statement

The final step is to ensure that the WMS is put into practice and that workers are properly supervised. All of the risk controls must be used and the effectiveness of the WMS needs to be monitored.

Work Method Statement Purpose

The reason for any Work Method Statement is to supply both workers and contractors with an exact guideline for the safe operation of plant and equipment.

They are an intrinsic component of all OHS Systems that are not complete without comprehensive Work Method Statements for ALL equipment that workers and contractors use.

Many businesses are not aware that they are responsible for all people, including contractors, that undertake work on their behalf who enter the worksite or visits the workplace for any legitimate purpose.

If Work Method Statements are not in place and workers do not have clear and concise instructions about the use of plant and equipment in the event of worker accident and injury the employer may be deemed to have been negligent.

Often contractors are required to supply their carefully constructed OHS systems when applying for tenders, this applies to contractors of all sizes. If you have the foresight to have your own OHS system, including Work Method Statements, you are showing your commitment to health and safety in the workplace and that risks/hazards have been considered prior to commencing work.

From just $79.99 ex GST we can provide Work Method Statements online that can be tailored to fit you and help you meet your OHS obligations with professional, well-constructed documents. Purchase online, or give us a call on 1300 306 604.