As a residential builder, you’ll know that safety should always be a top priority.
It’s pretty simple, if you’re a residential builder you need a residential builders SWMS and a safety management plan.
A residential builders SWMS (safe work method statement) is a document that outlines the safe work procedures for specific tasks or jobs you do as a residential builder. It includes information on the risks involved, as well as the control measures that will be used to eliminate, or minimise those risks. It is required by law when a residential builder performs specific tasks.
If you are doing work over $250 000 you must have a WHS management plan by law. If you are doing work under $250 000 legislation still requires you to manage safety. The easiest way to do this is by having a safety management plan in place.
Depending on your business, you should also consider what other safety documents you need to have in place such as checklists and toolbox talks. This is because the risks associated with residential building are significant.
Residential Builders SWMS and Management Plan Inclusions
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Our residential builders safe work method statement is an 'all-in-one' SWMS that enables residential builders to manage their WHS obligations as required by legislation. It can be used to show government inspectors, for insurance purposes, government tenders and for other contract work, and can even be re-used for future jobs.
This is not a blank template you just need to fill in your details and can even include your logo for a professional look.
- Drugs & alcohol
- Use of hand tools
- Working at ground level
- Working at heights
- Working with power tools
- Working around mobile plant
- Working on ladders
- Working on scaffold
- Working near voids
- Working near electricity
- Using hazardous materials
- Working with asbestos
- Emergency procedures
- SWMS register
- All legislative requirements
- Plus more!
Our Residential Builders Management Plan enables residential builders to manage their WHS obligations that is required by legislation. It can be used to show government inspectors, for insurance purposes, government tenders and for other contract work, and can even be re-used for future jobs.
This is not a blank template you just need to fill in your details and you can even include your logo for a professional look.
- Consultation & communication
- Driving company vehicles
- Drugs & alcohol
- Electrical equipment
- Emergency plan
- Essential services
- First aid
- Hazard reporting
- Hazardous substances
- Hazardous manual tasks
- Plant & equipment
- Roles & responsibilities
- Site security
- Visitor Safety
- WHS Policy
- Plus more!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our residential builders safe work method statements, WHS Management Plans, toolbox talks, policies and SOPs are fully written for you with the most common tasks, risks, hazards and controls for all work completed on construction sites. They even provide extra information within the documents that will keep your workers better informed for a safer and more efficient workplace for you.
Our checklists and registers are forms that need to be filled in, however they are easy to use ‘tick and flick’ documents mostly to ensure that you can get back to doing what you need to be doing to run your business.
Our highly qualified lead safety advisor has many years experience on-site, writing residential builders SWMS and safety plans, helping others to do so, and training others to do it themselves. Here at Safe-R Outcomes, we know the tasks performed by residential builders, and the risks and hazards associated with doing them on a construction site.
Contrary to popular belief, you only need one residential builders SWMS to cover all the high risk work you are completing. We have included different residential builders SWMS in our packages as the work can be significantly different for new builds and renovation work. The legislation sets this out very clearly, including what tasks are considered ‘high risk construction work’.
Here is an excerpt from Safe Work Australia website…
"One SWMS can be used for work that involves multiple high risk construction work activities, for example a work activity that requires using powered mobile plant, working at heights of more than 2 metres and working adjacent to a road used by traffic other than pedestrians. A SWMS is classed as an administrative control and is used to support higher order controls to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety, for example engineering controls. A SWMS is generally different from other documents that focus on specific tasks or processes, such as a Job Safety Analysis or a Safe Operating Procedure. A SWMS is not intended to be a procedure—rather it is a tool to help supervisors and workers confirm and monitor the control measures required at the workplace."
In other words, you don’t need a different residential builders SWMS for each power tool or each piece of equipment you use, or for every task you complete.
Some other safety companies try to make it extra confusing (and costly for you) by saying you need multiple residential builders SWMS for each job, but our goal has always been to make things as easy and budget friendly as possible for our customers.
Our documents make it really easy to get your safety started immediately. You can watch the video here.
- Login to your account
- From your Dashboard, click on ‘Documents‘
- Click on the type of document you require
- On the ‘Online Form‘ tab, enter your business details such as name and phone number
- Click on ‘Create PDF‘
- Download your safety document and review it
- Either print or email it to those who need it
If you have a specific task you need to include, then you can edit it via the Word tab. It is very easy to do and requires no technical skills. You can then either save it and email it, or print it out.
If you’re in the middle of a job and something changes, you can always make the changes on a hard copy in pen too, by dating and initialising it.
Yes! Even if your work is under $250 000, legislation says that you must manage not only your safety, but everyone who may be affected by your work. If you don’t, the repercussions can be very serious. Having a safety plan shows that you are doing your part by following the law, which in turn can reduce your exposure to fines, or civil litigation.
Other reasons you might need a safety plan include:
- Being asked by a Principal Contractor or safety inspector
- To apply for insurance and local government contracts
- To apply for tenders or other contracts
Absolutely. You can add your logo to the online and word versions of our documents.
No you don’t! You simply login and navigate to the document you require, upload your logo and fill in your details. Your document will then be created with your details and you can download and save it to your phone or laptop. You can print it or email it too.