Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the mostly commonly asked questions we receive. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How long are the documents valid for?

We recommend an update yearly, which includes the latest legislative changes and any add-ons. Depending on the scope of changes required the cost is less than your initial investment.

Can I receive ongoing assistance with health and safety requirements?

Yes, we are dedicated to keeping you and your workers safe and will assist you to meet compliance, phone and email support are available during business hours.

How long before I can receive my safety documents?
We aim to get you on site as soon as possible. Depending on the scope of works, we do offer a fast turnaround service. If you are not in a hurry, allow at least 2 weeks.
Do you include our business details, logo, site information etc?
We can complete your business information including name, address, mobile number, email, supervisor’s details, ABN and more as required. This will form part of your initial quotation.
How soon can I get a quote?
Depending on the scope of work, industry standard documents get turned around within2-3 weeks. We do have a Fast Track option as well.
Why do some sites accept my SWMS and not others?
This is a very good question. If the Principal Contractors safety officer thinks that your SWMS are not site specific and do not meet their company policies and procedures then they will not approve them, regardless of the SWMS meeting legislative requirements or not. Best practice is to make sure your SWMS are site specific according to the Principal Contractors requirements before you submit them for review.
Can I have one SWMS to cover all my work?
Anything is possible but not necessarily best practice. Legislation requires a SWMS to be easy to read and understand so that workers can implement it straight away on the work site. If you lump every single task into one SWMS, then it becomes too hard for workers to follow which then breaches current legislative requirements. Best practice is to prepare one SWMS for each of your major tasks which will minimise the number of pages making it easy for your workers to follow.
How do I make SWMS site specific?
Prepare and write the SWMS based on a site specific risk assessment, this will identify all the hazards that are unique to the site. Then decide the most effective risk controls to mitigate or minimise the risk of each hazard identified and write them into the SWMS.
Can I use the same SWMS to work in different states/territories?
This depends on which state or territory you are from. For example, if you live in NSW and want to work in Victoria, the answer is no, you can’t use the same SWMS as Victoria has a different legislation than NSW. Additionally, each State has their own Codes of Practice which need to be followed. Best practice is to prepare State and/or Territory specific Safe Work Method Statements for your business to optimise compliance and will give you a better chance of passing the Principal Contractors SWMS review.
I am a builder, do my sub-contractors need their own SWMS?
Short answer is Yes! Subcontractors as a PCBU (person conduction business or undertaking) are required by law to provide a SWMS for all high risk construction work activities. As a builder you will need to ensure that the subcontractors SWMS meet the site specific requirements for each of your projects.