Bench Drill Safe Work Method Statement

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Bench Drill Safe Work Method Statement

Bench 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 Bench 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 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 Bench 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. General precautions
  8. Preparation
  9. Use of drill
  10. Cleaning of machine
  11. On completion

The Bench Drill Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Bench Drill 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. Always hold work in a vise or clamp to the drill table and run drill at the correct RPM.
  2. Don't drill with too much pressure and downward pressure.
  3. Never clean a machine while it is in motion!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Bench 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
  • Bench Drill
  • 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 Bench 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 Bench Drill SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Bench Drill SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to bench 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 BenchDrill and their health and safety representatives who represented that workgroup at the workplace 

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

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

When preparing your Bench 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 BenchDrill.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Bench Drill Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Loose clothing, jewellery, or gloves must not be worn when using drill.
  • Long hair must be contained to prevent it from coming in contact with drill.
  • Before changing speed, switch off belt driven machine.
  • Drilling will scatter chips and swarf from cutting zone.
  • Do not bring hands and fingers near moving parts.
  • Do not bring fingers near nip points.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Before adjusting, make sure to remove all items from table.
  • Before using, ensure drill bits are properly sharpened.
  • Make a pilot hole using a smaller diameter drill before using the right drill.
  • Before inserting drill bit, ensure that chuck jaws are clean and undamaged.
  • Before switching on the drill, ensure that chuck key has been removed from chuck.
  • Before starting to drill, make sure job is held steadfast against any movement.
  • Job will start spinning if the drill catches, especially at bottom of the hole or in thin plate.
  • Table must be sturdy enough not to fall.
  • Using improperly sharpened drill bit will result in an oversized hole.
  • Use the appropriate key to tighten jaws.
  • Provide suitable holder for keeping the chuck key.
  • Ensure that work piece is properly secured by vice, grips or clamps.
  • Select proper speed for material to be cut and size of drill.
  • Do not force drill. Keep firm but not heavy pressure on drill bit.
  • Cutting speed and condition of drill bit must be checked.
  • Angle of drill point must not be worn or damaged.
  • Never continue using worn or damaged drill bit.
  • For heavier work or work requiring longer duration, use suitable coolant or lubricant.
  • Use a brush regularly to keep the worktable clear of swarf and chips.
  • To protect face and eyes from flying chips, wear eye protection or face shield while drilling.
  • Do not allow clothing, etc., to contact drill bit or swarf.
  • Before changing speed, allow drill to stop.
  • Always allow drill to cut at its own rate.
  • Use a drill sharpener for re-sharpening a drill bit.
  • Avoid using compressed air for blowing swarf and chips from table.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Avoid using compressed air for blowing swarf and chips from table.
  • Do not wear gloves.
  • To clean chips, swarf from vice, and table use a brush.
  • Remove drill bits and store in safe place to prevent damage.
  • Use a light coating of machine oil on all exposed parts to prevent corrosion. Avoid excessive oiling which attracts dust, etc.
  • Avoid using compressed air for blowing swarf and chips from the table and the vice.
  • Wearing gloves is recommended when handling swarf.
  • Wipe off excess oil after applying.

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.