Safe Work Method Statement
Contractors must complete a Safe Work Method Statement (also referred to as a SWMS) for all works conducted on Coles Group sites.
A Safe 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. Safe 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.
Below is an example of information included in a Safe Work Method Statement. Refer to the State Safety Regulator websites for more detailed information on SWMS.
If the work to be completed is routine work, one Safe 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 Safe Work Method Statements can be used at a number of sites as long as the task and conditions do not change.
The store/site manager or delegate must be able to view a copy of the Safe 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 Safe Work Method Statement and be able to make it available on request.
Contractors may use an alternative Safe Work Method Statement format or document (eg JSA), however, it must contain at least the information outlined above.