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Free Work Method Statement

 A Work Method Statement is developed by the employer for their employees or by a sub-contractor for work that they are performing. It details how specific risks in the workplace will be managed. A work method statement, sometimes referred to as a safe work method statement is a part of a workplace safety plan. It is mainly used in construction to describe a document that gives specific instructions on how to safely perform a work related task, or operate a piece of plant or equipment. Here is a free SWMS you can claim and use over and over.In Australia it is law to have work method statements, or similar, in place to advise employees and contractors on how to perform work related tasks safely. The statement is generally used as part of a safety induction and then referred to as required throughout a workplace. 

A Work Method Statement is a document which describes the job to be completed, outlines the steps involved, the hazards associated with the work and the controls to be implemented to ensure that the work is completed safely. Work Method Statements are completed by the contractor company as the contractor is expected to be experienced in the work and the hazards associated with it.

Download a free PDF example of a Work Method Statement Template

If the work to be completed is routine work, one Work Method Statement is sufficient for all occasions where the work is conducted as long as the conditions do not change and all relevant staff are trained in the practice and understand the controls to be implemented. Generic work method statements can be used at a number of sites as long as the task and conditions do not change.

 The responsible person or officer must be able to view a copy of the Work Method Statement when the contractor arrives on site to complete a particular task. While on site the contractor must have access to a copy of the Work Method Statement and be able to make it available on request.

 “Plain English is getting a clear message across to your audience in an appropriate way. This means being clear about what you want to say, who you’re saying it to and how you’re going to say it. Plain English is effective communication”. NSW Adult Literacy Council

 Plain English means:

• considering the reader

• communicating a clear message to the reader

• using clear, concise language

• rethinking how information is presented so that it attracts the reader.

Plain English does not mean:

• writing in simple English

• using the minimum amount of words

• getting rid of technical language

• talking down to the reader

• losing meaning.

Plain English has many benefits:

• Workers are more likely to read and act on written texts

• Readers are less frustrated and view documents in a more positive way

• There is less interruption to work from queries and misunderstandings

• Documents take less time to produce

• Safety and quality can be improved

• Training is easier and more time efficient.

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