Buffing and Metal Polishing Safe Work Method Statement

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Buffing and Metal Polishing Safe Work Method Statement

Buffing and Metal Polishing 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 Buffing and Metal Polishing 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 Buffing and Metal Polishing 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. Buffing and polishing
  8. Lifting and carrying work objects.
  9. Replacement of buffs
  10. On completion

The Buffing and Metal Polishing Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Buffing and Metal Polishing 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. Workers should follow safety precautions and use appropriate PPE; particularly gloves, safety goggles and face shields.
  2. Sturdy footwear must be worn at all times in work areas, as well as close fitting, protective clothing must be worn.
  3. Use holding equipment when needed, as sometimes metal can become hot or hard to handle.

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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 Buffing and Metal Polishing 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 Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own buffing and metal polishing SWMS.

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

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

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

Your Buffing and Metal Polishing Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

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

When the Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

  1. All persons involved in the buffing and metal polishing work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Buffing and Metal Polishing 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 Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the buffing and metal polishing work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS. 

When preparing your Buffing and Metal Polishing 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 Buffing and Metal Polishing. 

When writing your Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Buffing andMetal Polishings in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing buffing and metal polishing and ensure that:

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

Buffing and Metal Polishing Training and Worker Qualifications 

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Buffing and Metal Polishing as well as any qualifications that maybe required for various buffing and metal polishing 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 Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Buffing and Metal Polishing operations and buffing and metal polishing work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Buffing and Metal Polishing SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Buffing and Metal Polishing Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • During polishing, the buffing compounds usually agglomerate.They are flung from the buffing wheels as extremely hot objects.
  • All persons carrying out buffing and polishing must wear adequate body protection such as aprons and overalls.
  • Polishing usually generates dust of fine particles of metal.
  • Each buffing wheel must have its own exhaust ventilation. Provide exhaust filters as well.
  • To protect the finish from marks, gloves are usually worn during polishing.
  • If there is no risk of being caught, use of gloves will also protect hands from friction burns if there is accidental contact with the rotating buffing wheels.
  • Wearing face shield and eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing apron and/or protective clothing is recommended.
  • Wearing dust mask is recommended.
  • Filters must be cleaned regularly.
  • Wearing cotton drill gloves or leather gloves is recommended.
  • Gloves must not be worn if rests and guards are fitted.
  • Whenever moving articles, adopt manual handling methods recommended.
  • Wherever possible, utilize mechanical aids such as trolleys, etc.
  • Exercise caution in areas where heavy articles are handled and stored.
  • For handling rough, sharp or hot articles and materials, use of leather gloves is recommended.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • Before carrying out any maintenance, unplug the machine.
  • Before machines can be reused, make sure the buffs are attached firmly to spindles.

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.