Brush Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

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Brush Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

Brush Cutter 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 Brush Cutter 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 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 Brush Cutter 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. Operation
  9. Refuelling and servicing
  10. Use of cutting blades
  11. Maintenance
  12. On completion

The Brush Cutter Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Brush Cutter 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.

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. Make sure you keep a firm grip on the machine with both hands and keep the blade or cutting cord away from your body.
  2. Ensure that your footing is solid, and that your posture is well balanced at all times.
  3. Don't cut above shoulder level and wear appropriate PPE.

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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 Brush Cutter 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 Brush Cutter SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Brush Cutter SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own brush cutter SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Brush Cutter 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 Brush Cutter. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with brush cutter and ensure that: 

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

Brush Cutter Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • No smoking should be allowed near any petrol-fuelled equipment.
  • Refuel only in a clear space away from the area of work.
  • To avoid overfilling or spillage, always use a pourer or a funnel to fill the fuel.
  • Do not allow ignition sources or smoking.
  • Preferably, use guards, as cords usually cause debris to be thrown from cutting heads.
  • Depending on the type of task, wear leggings, long trousers or over socks to protect lower limbs suitably.
  • Do not allow unauthorised entry in work areas where brush cutters are being used.
  • To prevent the user being exposed to high noise levels use attenuation protectors such as ear plugs.
  • Users may feel some vibrations, even when using rubber handgrips.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Wearing protective clothing is essential.
  • Wearing Type 1 protective footwear is necessary.
  • Do not allow persons to enter work areas.
  • When using machine for long periods, wearing hearing protection is necessary. Wearing leather gloves or cotton pile may be necessary.
  • Do not refuel before machines have cooled down; complete other works first.
  • Refuel only in a clear space away from the work area.
  • Do not allow ignition sources or smoking near the fuel or the refuelling area.
  • Do not allow ignition sources or smoking.
  • Before attempting to clear grass, etc., from the blade area, make sure to stop the machine first.
  • Before commencing cutting, always wear the harness and attach the machine.
  • Preferably, cut on the left side of blade to allow the machine to pull away from the user.
  • Use the supplied guard always fitted to the machine.
  • For handling sharp or rough objects, always wear leather gloves.
  • If conditions are dusty, clean the air filters at least once every day.
  • Check the spark plug once a week; clean and replace if necessary.
  • At least once a week, grease the cutter head on the shaft.
  • Inspect the machine for any loose screws and bolts; tighten if necessary.
  • Inspect the starter cord for damage or wear.
  • Do not allow any ignition sources or smoking.
  • Keep the cutter head lubricated.
  • Always replace any part that is worn, damaged or missing.

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.