Brick Saw Safe Work Method Statement

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Brick Saw Safe Work Method Statement

Brick Saw 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 Brick Saw 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 total, 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 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 Brick Saw 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. Pre-start checks
  9. Operation
  10. On completion

The Brick Saw Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Brick Saw Safe Work Method Statement is ready to be used in three easy steps:

  1. 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. Be sure to always wear appropriate PPE - when operating a saw; safety glasses, safety footwear, safe-fitting clothing, hearing protection and helmets, and respiratory equipment as applicable.
  2. Position the saw on a firm, flat area and be sure the saw is unable to move, while using.
  3. Keep the area around the saw safe from obstacles and debris.

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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 Brick Saw 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 Brick Saw SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Brick Saw SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own brick saw SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Brick Saw 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 Brick Saw. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with brick saw and ensure that:

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

Brick Saw Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Always unplug the machine before carrying out any type of maintenance.
  • Make sure the brick saw is set up on a firm and level surface and has good access to allow material to be moved to and from the machine easily.
  • Make sure all the folding legs are fully extended and they are locked into position.
  • Make sure that an authorised person has tested the machine and it has a current inspection tag fitted to the power lead at the plug end.
  • Connect the machine to a power circuit that is protected by a safety switch or a tested residual current device (RCD).
  • Before operating the machine, make sure all covers and guards are fitted.
  • Make sure the cutting blade has ample supply of cooling water.
  • Keep the work area dry by providing piping water away from machine. Preferably, use a system of recycling water through the machine,
  • Keep offcuts and waste material in a receptacle adjacent to the saw.
  • Never use the machine if it is unstable.
  • Never use a machine if it is untested.
  • Make sure that the machine is always connected to a safety switch.
  • Never operate without guards.
  • Wherever possible, recycle the cooling water.
  • Keep the work area free from debris.
  • Make sure that the table slides freely on the guides for the entire length of the cut.
  • Before commencing cutting, make sure of flow of cooling water to saw blade.
  • Never use faulty equipment.
  • Make sure that the cutting head is securely locked into the proper operating position.
  • When cutting bricks, make sure hands are kept away from the saw blades.
  • Brick saws generate slurry and dust when cutting.
  • When cutting, be careful to keep all offcuts and foreign material clear of blade.
  • Brick saws generate harmful noise levels when cutting.
  • Rough surface of bricks can severely abrade wet hands.
  • In cutting operations, bricks are likely to be dropped or fall.
  • Make sure persons do not face the risk of injury because of moving bricks.
  • Do not bring hands near the blades.
  • Eye protection is necessary.
  • The cutting blade must be kept clear.
  • Hearing protection must be worn.
  • Wearing PVC gloves is necessary.
  • Wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Proper lifting practices must be observed.

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.