Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS)
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Who Needs This?

Principal Contractors or contractors involved in the construction, building services and trade industries who require safe work method statements (SWMS) for the conduct of high risk construction work. 


Why do you need it?

Development of a site specific SWMS for those about to undertake high risk construction work is mandatory under WHS legislation.


What will you get?

When you sign up for this service, Total Management and Training will provide you with the expertise to ensure a supportive process and the right paperwork to undertake high risk construction work.

We will sit down with you (either face-to-face or over the phone) and determine what you need and why you need it, and seek clarification on the project, site and any other particulars.

Where required we will conduct a site inspection, to ensure all aspects of the job are considered, and all hazards identified are either eliminated or controlled.

We then customise our legislatively compliant documents to make them job specific and instruct you in the use of the documentation. All documentation will be supplied in Microsoft Word format to enable you to make amendments in the future.  


How Do You Achieve This?  

Once you book this service, we’ll ask you to visit our offices and meet with one of our qualified consultants who will talk with you to gain an understanding of your business and current project. Please bring with you any contract documentation you may have.

Don’t worry if you’re not in Cairns, we can do this bit over the phone if need be or via email correspondence. Where required, we will then make arrangements to undertake a site visit. Please note there are additional costs involved for jobs located outside of the Cairns region.

In consultation with yourself, we will then draft a safe work method statement to suit your operation and the specific job you are about to undertake, in accordance with WHS legislation.

If you are seeking this service to prepare for a tender, we will require a copy of the tender documentation, to ensure we are providing exactly what the tender documentation is asking for.


Ongoing Assistance

Once we have assisted you with your first project, you are welcome to use the documentation provided for future projects, however please note we do not guarantee the documentation will meet future requirements without amendment.

Due to the ever changing and different requirements of tenders and principal contractor requirements, we strongly suggest that to make the documentation fit for purpose for the next project, you engage our services again prior to project commencement. Many of our clients simply build this cost into the price of their overall project quote.


Additional Expenses

Where we have to travel outside the immediate Cairns area, additional costs will be applicable. Any airfares, travel, accommodation and meals incurred in the provision of this consultancy will be on-charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre and traveling time will be charged. Please contact us for a formal quotation for work conducted outside of Cairns.


What other things can we assist with?

Total Management and Training can also provide assistance with workplace health and safety assessments and audits, PQC audits, fire safety audits, construction management, plant and risk assessments, quality management, enforceable undertakings and general consultancy services. 

We also have a registered training organisation which can provide training in construction courses such as asbestos removal, confined space entry, working at heights, test and tag, White Card and high risk work competencies such as forklift and EWP. We train Health and Safety Reps, Certificate III, IV and Diploma in WHS, as well as other business qualifications. Struggling with Microsoft programs like Word and Excel? We can assist you there too. Contact our office if you would like further information or a quote on any of these services.


How Do I Make This Happen?

Contact our office on 07 4051 1378 to speak with one of our friendly staff who will be able to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively you can email email/office)(

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