Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement

Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement Template (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement

Air Compressor 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 Air Compressor 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 Air Compressor 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. Mechanical checks
  8. Intake filters
  9. Check air supply filters
  10. Air pressure relief valve
  11. On completion

The Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement, includes;

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


Your Air Compressor 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. Assess any on-site 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. It is advisable to use gas air compressors outdoors, unless it's powered electrically.
  2. Wear safety goggles and gloves and use self retracting chord.
  3. Use an OSHA-Approved nozzle, check for oil and air leaks and follow manufacturer's recommended maintenance.

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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 Air Compressor 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 air compressor project as needed, making sure that your Air Compressor SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Air Compressor SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own air compressor SWMS.

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

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

Note: The Air Compressor SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the air compressor work is completed. Where the Air Compressor SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept.If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Air Compressor Safe WorkMethod Statement, the Air Compressor SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

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

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

Your Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, 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 Air Compressor 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 Air Compressor SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Air Compressor SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to air compressor work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Air Compressor and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

  1. All persons involved in the air compressor work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Air Compressor 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 Air Compressor SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the air compressor work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Air Compressor SWMS.

When preparing your Air Compressor 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 Air Compressor.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with air compressor and ensure that 

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

Air Compressor Training and Worker Qualifications 

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Air Compressor as well as any qualifications that may be required for various air compressor 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 Air Compressor SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Air Compressor operations and air compressor work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Air Compressor SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Air Compressor Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Before Maintenance work can be started, ensure that the machine is de-energized.
  • Check if parts are broken, worn or loose, and bolts and screws are loose, etc.
  • If there are belts, inspect them for wear, and replace if torn or worn.
  • Replace belts on their pulleys carefully to avoid trapped fingers.
  • If required, adjust the separation between compressor and motor to obtain proper belt tension (depress by hand approximately 25mm).
  • Replace belt guards before returning machine to use.
  • Ensure worn belts are replaced asa set.
  • Never keep your hands near moving parts.
  • Before retightening bolts for tension, ensure the pulleys are in line.
  • Never use machine without guards.
  • Remove and clean paper filters, by bumping the circumference against a flat surface to dislodge dust.
  • For blowing dust away from inside surfaces, use compressed air.
  • Always wear proper eye protection.
  • Always keep hands clear of airflow and wear leather or PVC gloves.
  • Before starting, water traps must be drained. Drain at regular intervals during use.
  • Oilers must contain sufficient quantity of the right type of oil for lubricating the equipment.(Manufacturer’s instructions must be checked before use).
  • Periodically inspect fixed airlines and supply pipe work for leaks.
  • Always keep hands clear of exhausted air and water flow and wear leather or PVC gloves.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Relief valve must operate manually.
  • Cutout switch must operate when maximum operating pressure is reached.
  • Correct operating pressure must be attained before the cutout operates.
  • Compressor should not be operated if relief valve or cutout switch do not operate correctly.

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.