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What does a Safety Management Plan Include?  A Safety Management Plan, also known as a Work Health & Safety Management Plan, is an important (and legal) document that all job sites are required to have. However, without the experience or guidance, putting a Safety Management Plan (SMP) together can be a long and painful process!

A Safety Management Plan, also known as a Work Health & Safety Management Plan, is an important (and legal) document that all job sites are required to have.

Every jobsite has specific checklists and forms that are required to be filled out daily, weekly, monthly or otherwise. Among other requirements, your SMP should include information about these forms and checklists.

While every project has its own unique requirements, there are a number of details that should be included in any Safety Management Plan at a minimum. We’ve broken these down into five categories, to easily walk you through the inclusions and provide you with a better understanding of how to pull an SMP together.


1. Initial Overview of the SMP and Project

The information included in this category aims to provide an overview of the details of your upcoming project. 

Anyone who will be onsite throughout your project should have a thorough understanding of the project itself, key personnel working on site, risks of the project and more. At a minimum, aim to include the following key information:

Role and Responsibilities: Outline the key personnel on your jobsite, their roles and responsibilities and where they sit in the chain of command throughout the project. 

Risk Assessment: Identify the potential hazards onsite, the risks presented by those hazards and develop controls to reduce and manage those risks.

Project Details & Objectives: Project details may include information about the scope of work, requirements of workers and the targets of the project (for example, achieving an incident and injury-free project).

Document Control: Outline how your Safety Management Plan will be maintained, updated, stored and accessed throughout the duration of the project.


2. Forms & Checklists

Every jobsite has specific checklists and forms that are required to be filled out daily, weekly, monthly or otherwise. Your SMP should include information about these forms and checklists, and copies of these should be made available to all personnel on your site. Forms and checklists may include, but are not limited to:

    • Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)
    • Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
    • Workplace Inspection Checklist
    • Plant & Equipment Checklist
    • WHS Management Plan Checklist
    • Employee Induction Checklist
    • Pre-start Checklist


3. Policies & Procedures

Having detailed policies and procedures in place for every new project is a must. These policies and procedures not only safeguard your workers, but they aid in the smooth-running of a project and of course, the protection of the Principal Contractor throughout the duration of the job. 

Your jobsite’s policies and procedures may vary slightly, but here are some of the most common (and important) policies and procedures to consider:

    • WHS & Environment Policy
    • Manual Handling Policy & Procedure
    • Plant & Equipment Policy
    • Hazardous Substances, Dangerous Goods and MSDS Policy
    • Hazard Reporting Policy
    • Electrical Equipment Policy
    • Emergency Response & Evacuation Procedures
    • Injury Management & Return to Work Procedures

Be sure to cover off all of your project’s policies and procedures in your SMP to ensure this information is accessible and understood by all workers onsite.


4. Site-specific information

When creating your SMP, it’s important to include details about your project that you want all workers to be across. This can be anything from site safety rules, training, incident management and so on. We’ve included some key site-specific information to include in your plan:

    • Site Safety Rules for both workers and visitors on site
    • An outline of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to be worn on site at all times
    • Manual Handling Techniques 
    • Training & Competency, including inductions and task-specific qualifications and tickets that key workers are required to hold
    • Toolbox & pre-start talks, including frequency of meetings and topics to be covered in each meeting
    • Consultation, Cooperation & Coordination. This section should cover details on internal and external communications, reporting and the process of resolving any issues on site 
    • Injury & Incident Investigation & Management, covering details on notifiable incidents, serious injuries and dangerous incidents and how these should be reported


5. Registers & Records

Last, but certainly not least, we’re sharing with you just some of the records and registers you might need to include in your SMP, depending on the scope of your project. Having all your documentation in one place makes it easy to find and use documents when needed, and leaves no room for misunderstanding or proper procedure not being followed:

    • Site Induction Record
    • Site Induction Register
    • Plant & Equipment Register
    • Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods Register
    • Electrical Equipment Register
    • Register of Injuries
    • Incident Investigation Report
    • Hazard Report

While there is a lot of information to work through and put together as part of your SMP, you don’t have to do it alone! Fortunately, Builder Assist have developed a dedicated Builders WHS Management Plan (or Safety Management Plan) that is available to purchase right here on our website! 

If you’re a Principal Contractor looking to ease unnecessary stress in the lead up to a new project, you may want to get your hands on our industry-specific WHS Management Plan. 

For more information on this WHS Management Plan, and to purchase your own, visit

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