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Working Near Water Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)



The Working Near Water Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is designed specifically for businesses engaged in water-adjacent operations, such as construction and maintenance near rivers, lakes, or sea areas. This comprehensive template helps businesses in documenting typical hazards associated with such activities and common safety controls to mitigate risks. The SWMS template is versatile, allowing seamless integration and customisation within any existing Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) management system.


Hazards & Control Measures Covered:

This SWMS covers a wide range of hazards and associated control measures including, but not limited to:

  • Risk of Drowning: Measures like emergency procedures, appropriate signage, and restricted area access are implemented.
  • Environmental Impact: Controls to prevent contamination and manage hazardous substances safely.
  • Physical Injuries: From slips, trips, and falls to high-risk accidents involving heavy machinery or sharp tools.
  • Equipment and Plant Safety: Daily checks, maintenance protocols, and emergency shutoff procedures. Each section details the risks involved and outlines specific control measures to address these risks effectively.


Additional Resources:

Included with this SWMS is a free copy of our Legislation & Codes of Practice Reference List.


Key Features:

This SWMS template is an essential, user-friendly tool designed to simplify the documentation of WHS systems for businesses working near water. With easy-to-edit sections and clear instructions, it can be quickly customised to meet your specific operational needs and requirements.

Working Near Water SWMS

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  • Instant delivery via email.
  • Easily add your logo and business details.
  • Fully Editable (Microsoft Word Format).
  • Customisation instructions provided.
  • In line with Australian legislation.
  • Pay once, no ongoing subscriptions.

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