OHSE SubbyPack – including Safe Work Method Statement and Occupational health and safety plan

The OHSE SubbyPack is designed for use as a toolkit across states and territories to help develop and review occupational safety and health management systems. 

What is an Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan?

Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan’ is a site-specific document that enables the hazards and risks associated with the work activity to be identified, managed, and mitigated.

When do I have to have an Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan?

The main contractor for a construction site where 5 or more persons are, or are likely to be, working at the same time must ensure that —

  1. an occupational health and safety management plan is prepared for the site before work commences at the site; and
  2. the plan is kept up‑to‑date.

Where can I find a sample of an Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan?

Samples and templates of an Occupational Health and Safety Management Plan can be found in the Subbypack.

What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

Safe work method statement (SWMS)

  1. describes how the work is carried out;
  2. identifies the work activities assessed as having safety or environmental risks;
  3. states what the safety and environmental risks are;
  4. describes the control measures that will be applied to the work activities;
  5. describes how measures will be implemented to do the work in a safe and environmentally sound manner; and where required:
  6. outlines the legislation, standards and codes to be complied with; and
  7. includes a description of the equipment used in the work, the qualifications of the personnel doing

When do I have to have Safe Work Method Statement?

A Safe Work Method Statement is required for:

  1. construction work involving a risk of a person falling 2 metres or more;
  2. construction work on telecommunications towers;
  3. construction work involving demolition;
  4. construction work involving disturbing or removing asbestos;
  5. construction work involving alteration to a structure that requires the structure to be temporarily supported to prevent its collapse;
  6. construction work involving a confined space;
  7. construction work involving excavation to a depth of more than 1.5 metres;
  8. the construction of tunnels;
  9. construction work involving the use of explosives;
  10. construction work on or near pressurised gas pipes (including distribution mains);
  11. construction work on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines;
  12. construction work on or near energised electrical installations and lines (whether overhead or underground);
  13. construction work in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere;
  14. construction work involving tilt‑up or precast concrete;
  15. construction work on or adjacent to roads or railways that are in use;
  16. work on a construction site where there is movement of powered mobile plant;
  17. construction work in an area where there are artificial extremes of temperature;
  18. construction work in, over or adjacent to water or other liquids if there is a risk of drowning;
  19. construction work involving diving.

Where can I find a sample of an Safe Work Method Statement?

Samples and templates of an Safe Work Method Statement can be found in the Subbypack. 

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