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Providing information and instruction
A PCBU must ensure that all workers who will be involved in high risk construction work are provided with information and instruction so they:

  • understand the hazards and the risks arising from the work
  • understand and implement the risk controls in a SWMS
  • know what to do if the work is not being conducted in accordance with the SWMS.
    For example, this information and instruction may be provided during induction training, workplace-specific or during a toolbox talk by principal contractor, contractor or subcontractor.

Safe work method statement (SWMS) must be kept
The SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection until at least the high risk construction work is completed. Where a SWMS is revised, all versions should be kept.

If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to high risk construction work to which the SWMS relates, then the SWMS must be kept for at least 2 years from the occurrence of the notifiable incident. If the construction work at the workplace has ceased within that period then the PCBU should keep the SWMS readily available for inspection.

Location of a safe work method statement (SWMS)
The SWMS may be kept at the workplace where the high risk construction work will be carried out. If this is not possible, then the SWMS should be kept at a location where it can be delivered to the workplace promptly.

A PCBU must ensure the SWMS is available:

  • to any person engaged to carry out the high risk construction work
  • for inspection under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The workers that are carrying out the high risk construction work do not necessarily need a copy of the SWMS. However, they must be aware of and understand the hazards and controls so that the work can be carried out in accordance the SWMS (section 39, WHS Regulation).