Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement

Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement Template (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

 Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement

Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


Whether you need to get on site to start work, looking to create a safe work environment or pitching for that next government tender - the Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement is easy to customise, easy to use and easy to integrate into your current Safety Management System. If you don't have a Safety Management System, we need to talk, seriously, you don't nee to be carrying that level of risk exposure in your business - we can help.

Look, we understand that business should be rewarding and not consumed by tedious red tape. The Safe Work Method Statement Template we create is in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality documents in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you on site, save you loads of time and are very user-friendly. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.


The Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers the following Job Steps, including potential hazards, control measures and risk ratings:

  1. Planning and preparation
  2. Training and capabilities
  3. Assess onsite conditions
  4. Set up work area
  5. Temporary Traffic Control (TMP)
  6. Delivery of materials and equipment
  7. Blasting chambers
  8. Blasting equipment
  9. Blasting outside of blast chambers
  10. Protection of operators
  11. Air supply
  12. General precautions
  13. Care and maintenance of respiratory protection
  14. On completion

The Abrasive Blasting and Coating SWMS, includes

Risk Assessment Matrix | Hierarchy of Controls | PPE | Emergency Response

Your Abrasive Blasting and Coating Safe Work Method Statement is ready to be used in three easy steps:

  1. Add your company logo and company details to the document.
  2. Identify site specific risks.
  3. Address any site specific risks and add them to your SWMS Template.


Now that your Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is ready for use, you can also make the SWMS document available as a training resource for activities such as WHS/OHS Toolbox Meeting Talks or Workplace Inductions.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Engineering controls, such as isolation, substitution, containment, and ventilation are the primary means of preventing or reducing exposures to hazards.
  2. Administrative controls, including the use of good work and personal hygiene practices, are also advised to reduce exposure.
  3. Providing PPE for workers undertaking abrasive blasting activities is also a core responsibility.

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View a Safe Work Method Statement Example

See an example of a Safe Work Method Statement Template below. All our SWMS Template documents are comprehensive in nature, easy to use, and are a huge time saver. Our Safe Work Method Statement Templates are quick and easy to customise to your specific business or operation and are perfectly suited for every day use, for larger contracts and tenders right through to qualifying for contractor management platforms such as CM3.

What is a Safe Work Method Statement?

A SWMS is a document that outlines the high-risk construction work activities that will be performed at a workplace, the hazards that will be present as a result of these activities, and the controls that will be implemented to mitigate the risks.

A single SWMS can be utilised for numerous high-risk construction work activities, such as employing powered mobile plant, working at heights of more than 2 metres, and working near to a road that is used by traffic other than pedestrians.

A SWMS is an administrative control that is used to support higher-order controls, such as engineering controls, that are designed to remove or reduce hazards to health and safety.

A SWMS differs from other documentation such as a Job Safety Analysis or a Safe Operating Procedure in that it focuses on specific jobs or processes. A SWMS isn't meant to be a procedure; rather, it's a tool for supervisors and workers to check and monitor the workplace control measures. For high-risk work activities, a PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking)  must prepare a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) or check that one has been prepared before starting work. It is important to note that before any work process has started, a SWMS must be prepared.

A PCBU, on the other hand, also must manage health and safety hazards by eliminating or reducing them as much as possible. Before beginning any work on a project, the principal contractor must also obtain a copy of the SWMS.

What information does a Safe Work Method Statement need to contain?

A Safe Work Method Statement should identify high-risk work and any specify hazards related to high-risk construction work as well as any health and safety risks. The SWMS should describe the risk-control measures to be implemented, monitored, and reviewed and also should describe how the risk-control measures will be effective at reducing or eliminating the risk, and how they will be implemented, monitored, and reviewed.

A Safe Work Method Statement should be concise and focus on outlining the specific risks identified for the high-risk work to be performed, as well as the control measures to be implemented to ensure that the work is completed safely.

A long and overly complex Safe Work Method Statement which could be difficult to comprehend, implement and monitor or review may be confusing for workers to mentally digest and therefore is not ideal in helping to reduce or eliminate risks in the workplace. It is imperative that workers, and especially those who do not speak English, are able to understand the Safe Work Method Statement. Consider having pictures or diagrams added to the SWMS as a more effective way of presenting information contained within the SWMS.

The SWMS should also contain other regulatory requirements to protect health and safety of all personnel, such as controlling noise exposure and manual job risks. Also, keep in mind that evidence of a completed risk assessment may be required by the regulator or for auditing reasons if the Safe Work Method Statement is based on a workplace-specific risk assessment.

Who's Responsible for creating the Safe Work Method Statement?

In collaboration with workers who will be directly engaged in the activity, the person responsible for carrying out the work is usually best equipped to prepare the SWMS document. In most cases, this means that a Safe Work Method Statement is created by the builder for his or her employees, or by the subcontractor for their employees.

To establish who is in the best position to prepare the Safe Work Method Statement, the principle contractor, builder, and/or subcontractors should decide who will take responsibility for the SWMS.

It's also a requirement that all managers, contractors, supervisors, and workers be involved in the creation of a Safe Work Method Statement. Workers must be consulted so that they understand the SWMS in depth and what they must do to establish and maintain risks and implement control measures to manage the risk. Sharing information and utilising workers' knowledge and experience may also aid in ensuring that the task is completed in accordance with the SWMS.

If your workplace has a Health and Safety Representative, they should also be contacted while creating a Safe Work Method Statement.

What does the principal contractor's responsibility entail?

Before beginning work, a principal contractor must take all reasonable steps to obtain a SWMS from any contractor performing high-risk work. If no SWMS exists, the principal contractor must arrange for one to be created, for example by the contractor or subcontractor.

A general contractor should establish plans to ensure that high-risk work is carried out safely and in compliance with the Safe Work Method Statement. This can be done by keeping an eye on how the SWMS is being implemented on the ground.

The principal contractors' WHS management plan must also include detailed arrangements for collecting, assessing, monitoring, and reviewing the SWMS, according to the WHS Regulations.

How to Write a Safe Work Method Statement

If you're looking to write your own Abrasive Blasting Safe Work Method Statement, the first step is to create the document as a Safe Work Method Statement Template. This way, you can use the same SWMS Template and then adjust the document for each different abrasive blasting or coating project as needed, making sure that your Abrasive Blasting SWMS Template addresses any site-specific risks.

The fastest and most cost-effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Abrasive Blasting SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own abrasive blasting or coating SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Abrasive Blasting SWMS such as:

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Abrasive Blasting SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications.
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to abrasive blasting or coating work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the abrasive blasting or coating work is being conducted, secondly, communicate the risks and hazards and then take steps to eliminate or control each hazard in relation to the abrasive blasting or coating work being done. 
  • Any changes added to the Abrasive Blasting SWMS after an incident or a near miss.

Note: The Abrasive Blasting SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the abrasive blasting or coating work is completed. Where the Abrasive Blasting SWMS is revised, all versions of theSWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Abrasive Blasting Safe Work Method Statement, the Abrasive Blasting SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

Your Abrasive Blasting Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

  • Does the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve a risk of a person falling more than 2 meters?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out on a telecommunication tower?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines?
  • Does the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services?
  • Does the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve demolition of an element related to the physical integrity of a structure?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere?
  • Does abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos?
  • Does the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve tilt-up or precast concrete?
  • Does the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve structural alteration or repair that requires temporary support to prevent collapse?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out in or near a confined space?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out in an area of a workplace where there is any movement of powered mobile plant?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out in/near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5m or tunnel involving use of explosives?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out in areas with artificial extremes of temperature?
  • Is the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning?
  • Does the abrasive blasting or coating work outlined in the Abrasive Blasting SWMS involve diving work? 

Your Abrasive Blasting Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the worksite, such as:

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Glazing
  • Backhoe
  • Loader
  • Boom Lift
  • Elevated Work Platform (EWP)
  • Genie Lift
  • Trencher
  • Drilling Rig
  • Trucks
  • Formwork
  • Bobcat
  • Flammable Gas
  • Fuel
  • Dozer
  • High Voltage
  • Mulcher
  • Tilt-up Panels
  • Roller
  • Scissor Lift
  • Tractor 

Your Abrasive Blasting SWMS should also list any Personal Protective Equipment such as:

  • Foot Protection - Boots or closed in shoes
  • Hand Protectiglazinon - Gloves
  • Head Protection - Hard hat or helmet
  • Hearing Protection - Ear plugs or ear muffs
  • Eye Protection - Safety glasses, goggles or face shields
  • Respiratory Protection - Face masks etc
  • Face Protection - Face shield, welding mask etc
  • High Visual Clothing
  • Protective Clothing - Overalls etc
  • Fall Protection - Safety harness, edge protection etc
  • Sun Protection - Sunscreen, hat etc
  • Hair and Jewellery Secured - Hair Net, etc 

The Abrasive Blasting SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Abrasive Blasting SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to abrasive blasting or coating work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Abrasive Blasting and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Abrasive Blasting SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the abrasive blasting or coating work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Abrasive Blasting SWMS;
  2. Persons who will need to change a work procedure or system as a result of the review are advised of the changes in a way that will enable them to implement their duties consistently with the revised Abrasive Blasting SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the abrasive blasting or coating work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Abrasive Blasting SWMS. 

When preparing your Abrasive Blasting SWMS, here are some topics you might want to also include to ensure you have covered as many risks and hazards as possible.

Planning and Preparation When Working With and Around Abrasive Blasting and Coating. 

When writing your Abrasive Blasting SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Abrasive Blasting in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

  • Health and Safety guidelines for abrasive blasting or coating work
  • Emergency plans and evacuation procedures for the Abrasive Blasting SWMS
  • Worker inductions for Abrasive Blasting and Coating
  • Toolbox talks (safety meetings) added to the Abrasive Blasting SWMS
  • Outline details of supervision of the site and workers on the Abrasive Blasting SWMS
  • Check all workers qualifications, permits and competencies for Abrasive Blasting operations
  • Ensure the Abrasive Blasting and any related equipment is functioning correctly
  • Hazard reporting procedures in place and added to the Abrasive Blasting SWMS
  • Incident reporting procedures in place and added to the Abrasive Blasting SWMS
  • Exclusion zones when conducting abrasive blasting or coating work
  • Risk Assessment for TASK completed and noted on the Abrasive Blasting SWMS
  • Electrical NO GO ZONES identified, discussed and documented. 

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing abrasive blasting and ensure that: 

  1. A risk assessment of the abrasive blasting or coating work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct abrasive blasting or coating work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting abrasive blasting or coating work Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Abrasive Blasting SWMS details
  4. If conducting Abrasive Blasting and Coating at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  5. Check that the work environment is suitable for abrasive blasting or coating work

Abrasive Blasting and Coating Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Abrasive Blasting and Coating as well as any qualifications that maybe required for various abrasive blasting or coating projects before starting work. If White Cards are required, retain copies of all cards, licenses and qualifications of personnel.

All personnel must:

  1. Be trained and/or have received instructions on the Abrasive Blasting SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Abrasive Blasting operations and abrasive blasting or coating work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Abrasive Blasting SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Abrasive Blasting and Power Coating Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Chambers must be constructed and designed to prevent the settlement and collection of dust in the internal areas as well as prevent its escape.
  • The chambers must be fitted with lighting suitable for hazardous areas. It must have a minimum horizontal luminance of about 200 lux at a distance of 1 meter above floor level.
  • Ventilation systems must regulate the minimum air-flow prescribed with filtering to eliminate the contaminants in the air before discharge.
  • Leak-proof panels must be made of safety-wired glass, laminated safety glass or toughened glass in fixed metal sashes.
  • Chambers must always have the emergency exit and the primary entrance. Both must be fitted with an operating system that releases quickly.The emergency exit must be positioned as far away from the main entrance as possible.
  • Seals on doors should be regularly checked.
  • Rubber seals on doors must be kept clean.
  • Replace the lighting when faulty and keep it clean.
  • Filters must be cleaned frequently. Wearing a respiratory protection is necessary.
  • When visibility of windows is impaired, they must be cleaned.
  • Adequately distinguish the emergency exits with"EXIT" signs.
  • The blasting hoppers and air receivers should be from a registered design firm. Depressurizing noise must be reduced by using mufflers on blast pots.
  • Fittings must come with ratings equivalent to the pressure vessel and be designed to be securely attached to prevent any accidental parting.
  • Blast nozzles must be fitted with deadman electric or pneumatic controls to allow the flow of abrasive material to be stopped. Efficient means of discharge of static electricity must be fitted.
  • Use only specified hoses, which are designed for abrasive blasting. Hoses must be fitted both with coupling safety locks and hose whip checks. Coil and store blast hoses away from oil, water or chemicals.
  • Plant inspection at prescribed intervals must be carried out by competent persons according to the standard requirements.
  • For a proper operation, check the control several times daily.
  • Hoses must always contain either an earth wire or an anti-static rubber lining.
  • Fittings provided by the hose manufacturer must only be used.
  • Where possible, enclose the object totally.
  • If not possible to enclose totally, extend the screen 2m above the structure and blast downwards.
  • Tear and puncture resistant material should be used for containment screens. This could be rubber or woven polypropylene for high abrasion areas.
  • Barricades and warning signs must be used to define the exclusion zones.
  • Dust levels must be monitored outside the enclosure. For unsafe levels, use PPE inside exclusion zones. Shade cloth cannot prevent fine dust from escaping the area.
  • Protective suits like overalls, shoulder cape, jacket or long trousers provide a protection for every part of the body. These must be worn when blasting outside or within a chamber.
  • Blasting will cause high noise levels inside the chamber.
  • When abrasive blasting, wearing of safety footwear is necessary.
  • Always wear canvas or leather gauntlets.
  • Persons working within enclosures or blast chambers have to wear a blast helmet type airline respirator that must be fitted with an inner bib.
  • Individual respiratory protection should be issued to personal personnel.
  • Always wear body protection.
  • Wear hearing protection.
  • Type l footwear should be worn.
  • Hand protection should always be worn.
  • Blast helmet and air respirator supplied must be worn.
  • Before re-issue, disinfect and refit.
  • Oxygen level in the air supply should be regulated between19.5% and 22%.
  • Filter the air to remove any unpleasant or nauseous odours.
  • Maintain air temperature between 15°„C and 25°„C.
  • To remove any condensed liquid, the air has to be passed through a condensate trap.
  • The air must circulate continually for not becoming stale.
  • It is suggested to eliminate stale air by using a method for air "leaking off".
  • Only specified hoses meant for delivery of breathable air should be used for supplying breathing air to operators.
  • When work is done in an oxygen-deficient or toxic atmosphere, provide emergency or the secondary air supply.
  • Minimum supply rate is suggested to be 170 l/m.
  • Clean the filters at least once each day.
  • Fit a drain cock.
  • Unless filters fitted to eliminate rust, water, scale, oil, irritating ingredients, mist, nauseous and unpleasant odours, the normal plant air-supply system is not suitable for air-line respirators.
  • Persons who clean blast chambers or work in exclusion zones should wear a respirator or a dust mask, and goggles to prevent dust lodging in the eyes.
  • When using hand tools to remove the grit and the dust from chamber, appropriate care must be exercised.
  • Use a P1 particulate filter dust mask, and safety goggles that are indirectly vented.
  • Observe correct lifting principles.
  • It is required to clean the respirators and the helmets daily.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instruction when cleaning the helmets and respirators.
  • Keep them in clean containers or lockers.

National: View the Model Codes of Practice for Excavation Work on Safe Work Australia's website here.
Victoria: Victoria's Code of Practice for Excavation Work may be viewed on Work Safe Victoria's website here.