What Is A Carpentry SWMS
A Safety Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a document that contains the information necessary for construction and demolition projects to ensure employees work without risk of injury or illness.
The SWMS must be written by an Authorised Person (AP). The skilled workers used on the project must understand how their duties contribute to the entire process and what precautions are needed to complete their tasks.
This document will outline the safety requirements for the carpentry trade on a construction site. This document provides information in regards to safe working practices, hazards identification, and controls for each of these identified risks. The SWMS must be tailored for each project but this document provides specific examples of what should be included in an SWMS.
The development of this document has followed the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Z1023 standard for developing safe work method statements. This process allows the user to tailor the information needed for their project. The HRWG (Hazard Recognition Working Group) has developed or adopted standards that are used as guidance documents for each of the following topics:
There are three phases for developing an electrical SWMS template at construction safety. The first step is hazard recognition which includes information on hazards and controls required to identify risks present during the construction process. Once these have been identified, it is necessary to determine how they will be controlled – this typically involves specifying protective measures to eliminate or minimize the risks. The final step is to identify who will be responsible for implementing and monitoring these controls.
The following chapters provide information on specific hazards, how they are identified, and the controls that should be implemented to protect workers from injury or illness when working in a carpentry trade on a construction site.
It is not expected that all hazards will be identified for all projects, the determination of which hazards are relevant is left up to the AP.
The information in this document does not include specific information on how controls are implemented, this is project-specific and requires an AP to develop tasks based on their knowledge of site conditions. Where possible task examples have been provided as guidance.