Belt and Orbital Sander Safe Work Method Statement

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Belt and Orbital Sander Safe Work Method Statement

Belt and Orbital Sander 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 Belt and Orbital Sander 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 Belt and Orbital Sander 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-start checks
  8. Replacement of belts and discs
  9. Preparation of work area
  10. Operation
  11. Control of dust
  12. Special precautions
  13. Storage
  14. On completion

The Belt and Orbital Sander Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Belt and Orbital Sander 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.

Your SWMS is now read to use, and may also be used as training materials for work related activities such as Workplace Inductions or WHS-OHS Toolbox Meeting Talks.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Wear appropriate PPE - Wear safety glasses or goggles, ideally with a face shield, wear a dust respirator for dusty operations.
  2. Disconnect power supply before emptying dust collector, changing a sanding belt, or making any adjustments.
  3. Inspect sanding belts, replace any worn or frayed belts before use.

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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 Belt and Orbital Sander 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 Belt and Orbital Sander SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Belt and Orbital Sander SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own belt and orbital sander SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Belt and Orbital Sander SWMS such as: 

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

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

Your Belt and Orbital Sander Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

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

When the Belt and Orbital Sander SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the belt and orbital sander work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Belt and Orbital Sander 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 Belt and Orbital Sander SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the belt and orbital sander work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Belt and Orbital Sander SWMS. 

When preparing your Belt and Orbital Sander 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 Belt and Orbital Sander. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using belt and orbital sander and ensure that:

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

Belt and Orbital Sander Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Belt and Orbital Sander Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Inspect casing for missing screws, cracks and damage
  • Make sure controls operate smoothly.
  • Current test tag must be attached. Lead and plug must be undamaged.
  • Make sure required guards are fitted and they operate properly.
  • The belt or disc must be suitable for the work to be performed.
  • Belt or disc must not be worn or damaged
  • Make sure all grips and handles are firmly fitted and they do not move.
  • Never use a machine with missing parts, damage or out oftest.
  • Arrange for repair or replacement.
  • Never use a tool without guards.
  • Never use belt or disc that is unsuitable.
  • Replace if found damaged or worn.
  • Before carrying out maintenance, unplug the machine.
  • For carrying out maintenance, ensure machine is placed on stable, firm surface or bench.
  • Use the supplied or proper spanners or tools for loosening belt.
  • Spindles, backing plates and guards must be kept free of debris and dust by using a brush.
  • Make sure that the back plate sits flush and the spindle thread is undamaged.
  • Make sure the speed of the disc, the diameter of the disc or width of the belt matches that of the sander.
  • Discs or belts must be mounted in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer.
  • For handling sharp and rough parts, wearing gloves is recommended.
  • If using compressed air for cleaning, wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Never use incompatible discs or belts.
  • Make sure all surfaces are clean.
  • Persons operating sanding tools must be able to get a good foothold. The working surface and floor must remain free from debris and rubbish.
  • Work areas must be kept clean.
  • When working make sure the debris and dust are directed away from body.
  • Do not cut towards body, always cut away from body.
  • Moving edges of discs and belt will cut if skin comes in contact.
  • Wear eye protection to avoid getting dust and debris in the eyes.
  • When sanding is carried out in restricted or enclosed areas, the process may generate high noise levels.
  • If dust is generated by the work process and there is a possibility of dust floating in the air being breathed in or lodged in the eyes, mechanical ventilation must be provided.
  • When uneven surfaces are ground, there will be movement of sander in the hand.
  • In case of excessive vibrations, switch off sander and inspect the disc or belt for damage.
  • Always be careful to keep hands away from sander.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing hearing protection is recommended.
  • Wearing suitable particulate dust mask or respirator is recommended.
  • For reducing the effects of vibration, wearing gloves is recommended.
  • Inspect the dust bags for damage or tears and empty the bags regularly.
  • For high volumes of sanding work, consider connecting to extraction system.
  • Damaged or torn bags should be replaced.
  • Do not inhale the dust from harmful substances such as Craftwood or Medium Density Fire board, which contains toxic for mal dehyde-based adhesive.
  • Areas where MDF is being worked on should be restricted to entry of people.
  • Never sand asbestos-based material.
  • Fine sawdust can be readily and extremely combustible.
  • Be careful not to expose leads to work process related damages.
  • Take care power tool users do not suffer electrical shocks.
  • Wearing type P2 particulate dust mask or respirator is recommended.
  • Do not allow unauthorized entry.
  • Never allow smoking in areas where sawdust is present.
  • Do not allow leads to trail on the floor.
  • Always use RCD or safety switch for powering the sander.
  • For storing power tools, have purpose-built containers or cases that are designed to protect the tools from damage. Personal protective equipment that is required during working with the tool must be available with the tool, in sufficient quantities.

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.