A safe system of work is a process, supported by procedure, that may result after an examination of any workplace activity, identifying its hazards and assessing its risks. This exercise culminates in the introduction of a safe method of work that ensures hazards are controlled, thereby minimising the resulting risk.

This topic describes what safe systems of work are, how they related to the risk assessment process, how they can be formalised in the workplace, and what documentation is necessary to support them.

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