Air Drill Safe Work Method Statement

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

Air Drill Safe Work Method Statement

Air Drill 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 Drill 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 Drill 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. Pre-operation checks
  8. Air supply
  9. Operation
  10. Following use
  11. On completion

Air Drill Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Air Drill 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. Before commencing operation of your chosen tool, read the instruction manual completely.
  2. Use safety equipment and always use safety glasses/goggles, gloves, and other safety equipment whenever it is appropriate.
  3. Take care of your tools and always practice caution when operating.

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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 Drill 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 drill project as needed, making sure that your Air Drill SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

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

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

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Air Drill SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications.
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to air drill work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the air drill 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 drill work being done. 
  • Any changes added to the Air Drill SWMS after an incident ora near miss. 

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

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

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

Your Air Drill 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 Drill 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 Drill SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Air Drill SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to air drill 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 Drill and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Air Drill 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 Drill.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Air Drill Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Bodies and casings must be inspected for damage, cracks, missing or loose nuts, bolts and screws.
  • Make sure the connectors on air hose are not worn or loose.
  • Air hoses must be inspected for worn or loose fittings, kinks, cracks and cuts.
  • Ensure all controls are operating properly and smoothly.
  • Ensure proper condition and operation of the drill chuck. Proper key for the chuck must be available with drill.
  • Drill bit larger than specified for the particular machine must not be used.
  • Never use faulty equipment.
  • If an air hose breaks free from a tool, it will whip and flail, and may cause physical injury.
  • Before starting work, drain the water traps. Also, drain them at regular intervals during use.
  • Make sure oilers have enough oil and of the proper type for tool lubrication. The manufacturer's instructions must be checked before use.
  • Hands should never be placed in stream of exhausted air and water.
  • Exhaust air is likely to blow grit, dust and other particles into the air.
  • Hazardous noise levels could be generated when air powered tools are in use.
  • When air powered drills are used for long periods, high levels of vibration may be experienced.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing hearing protection is recommended.
  • Wearing high-pile cotton gloves or heavy-duty leather gloves is recommended.
  • Before disconnecting hoses, shutdown the air cocks and exhaust air.
  • After use, drain water traps.
  • Hands should never be placed in a stream of exhausted air and water.

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.