Battery Safety Safe Work Method Statement

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Battery Safety Safe Work Method Statement

Battery Safety 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 Battery Safety 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 need 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 onsite, save you loads of time and are very user-friendly. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.

The Battery Safety 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. Storage
  8. Handling
  9. Filling, topping up
  10. Spills and leaks
  11. Fitting
  12. Charging
  13. Jump starting
  14. Disposal
  15. On completion

The Battery Safety Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Battery Safety Safe Work Method Statement is ready to be used in three easy steps:

  1. Just add your company logo and details to the SWMS Template.
  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. Always wear protective eyewear and gloves, if doing maintenance work on a battery or replacing a faulty or leaking battery.
  2. Use the correct type of charger and maintain electrolyte at proper levels.
  3. Eliminate sources of sparks or flames.

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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 Battery Safety 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 glazing project as needed, making sure that your Battery Safety SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Battery Safety SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own battery safety SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

Your Battery Safety Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, such as:

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Battery Safety
  • 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 Battery Safety 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 Battery Safety SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Battery Safety SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to battery safety work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Battery Safety and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Battery Safety 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 Battery Safety.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions of battery safety and ensure that:

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

Battery Safety Training - Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Batteries must be stored in dry areas that are well ventilated and with no ignition sources nearby.
  • Sealed wiring and lighting must only be used in battery rooms.
  • Ignition sources and smoking must not be allowed within battery storage areas.
  • If the total quantity of battery fluid or the total capacity of wet batteries exceeds 1,000 litres, a placard stating Dangerous Goods must be put up.
  • Ignition sources and smoking must not be allowed in storage areas for batteries.
  • Only authorized personnel should be allowed entry
  • The placard displayed must be of class 8.
  • For moving batteries, always adopt manual handling methods that are recommended.
  • Mechanical aids such as trolleys must be considered for use when moving batteries.
  • Wet batteries have acid inside them, which can damage clothing and cause burns to eyes and skin.
  • Never create arcing by shorting across battery terminals.
  • Proper lifting practices must be observed.
  • Wearing eye protection, PVC gloves and apron is recommended.
  • When filling up new battery with acid or battery fluid, always use a decanter.
  • Fill the cells slowly and avoid overfilling.
  • For checking the acid level in the battery, use a flameproof light or torch.
  • Any leaks or spills must be cleaned up immediately (ref.4.Spills and Leaks).
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Do not allow any flames nearby.
  • Avoid clothing, eyes and skin contacting battery fluid.
  • Wherever large quantities of battery fluid is spilt, adequate ventilation must be provided.
  • Never allow any spill to enter watercourses or drains, without first being neutralized.
  • Spill must be neutralized with bicarbonate of soda, or similar agent and pH tested, before flushing spill area with large quantities of water.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing of PVC aprons and gloves is recommended.
  • Spill control kit must be provided.
  • Never flush acid into waterways or drains without neutralizing.
  • While working on or replacing batteries, always follow instructions of the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Be careful and connect terminals in the correct sequence.
  • Any jewellery, which could come in contact with live parts, should be removed.
  • For connecting or disconnecting batteries, always use insulating tools.
  • When installing or removing batteries in restricted spaces, manual handling methods recommended must be adopted.
  • Avoid clothing, eyes and skin contacting battery fluid.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing PVC apron and gloves is recommended.
  • When working with batteries, always follow the instructions of the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Avoid arcing by using proper sequence of connection and disconnection.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Never try to jump-start from another vehicle directly, before referring to the handbook of the manufacturer.
  • Make sure of following the proper sequence of connections.
  • Avoid clothing, eyes and skin contacting battery fluid.
  • For moving batteries, always adopt manual handling methods that are recommended.
  • Always use approved recycling facility or agent for disposing used batteries.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing PVC apron and gloves is recommended.
  • Check out the required disposal methods.

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.