Air Receiver Safe Work Method Statement

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

Air Receiver Safe Work Method Statement

Air Receiver 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 Receiver 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 Receiver 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. Plant registration
  8. Design and manufacture
  9. Installation
  10. Operation
  11. Maintenance and repair
  12. Inspections

The Air Receiver Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Air Receiver 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. Ask yourself the following 2 Questions; Is the air receiver certified for the site? Is a safety relief valve installed and operational?
  2. Protect your ears when dumping air from the air receiver.
  3. Keep the compressed air site clean and work safely.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Air Receiver 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 Receiver. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

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

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

Air Receiver Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • All air receivers with hazard level of A, B, and C or higher than A, B, C and D require plant design registration. Refer to the territory or state workplace authority for details regarding registration.
  • Do not use unregistered plant, unless it is re-inspected and registered again.
  • For hazard information, refer to AS 4343 Pressure equipment- Hazard levels.
  • To assess hazard level, refer to Comcare Unfired pressure vessel assessor.
  • Compared to vertical receivers, horizontal air receivers are smaller. A receiver over 1m in length generally has a hazard level of C or above.
  • Vertical air receivers are usually larger and have a hazard level or A, B, C, or D.
  • Air receivers must be fitted with suitable accessories like pressure relief valve, pressure gage, shut-off valve, blow down valve, and an isolate point for emergency shutdown.
  • Air receivers must be fitted with suitable mounting means, and should be fixed to a stable floor or a sound deck.
  • The valves must have handles, etc. and they must be capable of being easily locked out.
  • Receivers must be located in areas that are safe from damage from mobile plants, vehicles, forklifts, etc., and clear of hazards such as flammable liquids, etc.
  • The vessel must not be under stress from methods of fixing the receiver.
  • Anchor and support must be protected against corrosion, especially for wet areas.
  • Make sure all gages, valves, etc., can be accessed easily and are readable.
  • All fittings and piping must be ensured to be rated for the maximum required pressure.
  • Commission a receiver for a specific performance parameter only. (Note: There are specific commissioning checklists for air receivers with hazard levels A, B or C).
  • For weather protection, receivers must be located in areas that are under cover.
  • Providing packing or grouts under the feet is recommended.
  • Using anti-corrosive coating on bolts is recommended.
  • For a receiver blow down, ensure all fluids drained can be contained.
  • Pipe work and fittings must be located at places where they are protected against mechanical damage.
  • Commissioning should be performed by an appointed, competent person.
  • When conducting regular surveillance of air receivers check and monitor all gages, and safety devices, including associated fittings and piping work.
  • Make sure that in service, the maximum safe operating pressure is never exceeded.
  • Make sure the gages are clean and operating properly.
  • All leaks and faults should be rectified immediately.
  • Fluids must not be allowed to collect in the receiver and water and oil traps must be regularly drained.
  • Pressure relief valves, gages, etc. must be kept free of dust and dirt by regular cleaning.
  • Use blow-down valve regularly to drain water and oil accumulated in vessel.
  • Immediately withdraw from service, any receiver that has defects, which are safety-related.
  • Discharge safely the energy stored within the receiver and lock out the system.
  • Any alterations, repairs and modifications must be done or supervised by and tested by a competent person.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.
  • Never use any equipment that is defective.
  • Decommission air receivers that are not to be or cannot be repaired.
  • Record keeping, inspection periods and inspections must follow the in-service inspection according to AS/NZS3788 Pressure equipment.
  • Carry out these before the air receiver is used for the first time, or returning to service after a period of non-use and following changes to use and repair.
  • In these, include the checking of all safety features and devices, and monitor any abnormal conditions such as odours, temperatures, etc.
  • These inspections are for assuring the safe operation of the receiver, until the next scheduled inspection is due. They consist of -
  • External inspections for safety devices, fittings, anchoring, protective coatings, identification markings, and support and are used for detecting defects or anomalies such as leaks, corrosion, signs of cracking or excessive temperatures and bulging.
  • Internal inspections may be used for detecting defects or anomalies to internal surfaces using testing methods, which are non-destructive.
  • Pressure relief valve must be tested at the time of internal inspection.
  • Any dent in an air receiver has to be considered as serious and must be treated as if there has been a crack in the wall or a reduction in thickness, which can lead to failure.
  • It is recommended that a competent person only must carryout these inspections.
  • Monitoring must be carried out by a competent or suitably trained person only.
  • Only a competent person must be allowed to inspect.
  • If found defective or with anomalies that affect the integrity or structural soundness of a receiver, it must be withdrawn from service immediately.
  • Make sure the testing represents the condition of the receiver truly.
  • Ensure the valve is in safe operational condition.
  • Receiver must be withdrawn from service until it is inspected by a competent person.

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.