Carpet Laying Safe Work Method Statement

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Carpet Laying Safe Work Method Statement

Carpet Laying 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 Carpet Laying 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 Carpet Laying 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. Handling and laying of underlay and carpet
  10. Clean up and removal of waste material
  11. On completion

The Carpet Laying Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Carpet Laying 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. Carpet cutting tools, sharp tack strips, sewing materials, and staples can cause injuries if you do not use hand protection and tool safety.
  2. Always use the correct tool for the job and make sure that your cutting tools are in a good condition and sharp enough to do the job correctly and safely.
  3. When you use adhesives and/or glues to lay and install carpet and padding, secure the right training and information.

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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 Carpet Laying 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 Carpet Laying SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Carpet Laying SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own carpet laying SWMS.

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

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

Note: The Carpet Laying SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the carpet laying work is completed. Where the CarpetLaying SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Carpet Laying Safe Work MethodStatement, the Carpet Laying SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Carpet Laying 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 Carpet Laying. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when carpet laying and ensure that:

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

Carpet Laying Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Secure the areas where work is to be carried out do not allow unauthorised entry.
  • Erect barricades and warning signs as necessary to prevent entry to area.
  • Be careful to avoid damage to walls, furnishings and fittings when laying, handling or removing underlay and carpets - obtain assistance to ensure that loads are shifted safely.
  • Provide adequate ventilation in areas where adhesives are used, and allow airing of rooms where new carpets are laid for contaminants to dissipate.
  • Avoid breathing volatile vapours.
  • Be careful when removing or relocating furniture or equipment.
  • Obtain assistance when handling large, heavy or awkward items and/or use mechanical aids (trolleys, etc).
  • Be careful when removing and disposing of old carpets and underlay.
  • Make sure the roll is securely bound.
  • Wear suitable hearing protection when using floor strippers, grinders, or industrial vacuum cleaners, especially in enclosed or small areas.
  • Avoid breathing dust when removing old carpets and when using floor strippers or grinders, etc.
  • Wear eye protection and P1 particulate dust mask.
  • Avoid contact with or breathing vapours when using volatile adhesives.
  • Provide adequate ventilation when using adhesives. Eye protection and respirator may be required when working in enclosed areas.
  • Obtain current MSDS before using chemicals or adhesives in a workplace.
  • Suitable PPE should be available and used when need is identified after carrying out risk assessment for chemicals and substances.
  • Obtain assistance when handling large or heavy rolls of material, or where access to work area creates a manual handling risk to workers.
  • Be careful when handling and fixing tackles strips to floor surface - use of leather or cut-resistant gloves recommended.
  • Be careful when using knife or cutter to cut underlay or carpet to size cut away from body wherever possible, use auto-safety knife if available.
  • Never cut towards body.
  • Avoid contact with hot surfaces of seaming iron and heated seaming tape.
  • Keep hands clear of tool when applying pressure to join seam.
  • Use seam roller to finish seams avoid contact with heated seaming tape.
  • Adjust knee kicker to allow knee to apply required pressure without undue flexing. Apply pressure with leg do not bump knee into pad.
  • Wear knee protectors.
  • Ensure tool is in good condition.
  • Wear hearing protection if high noise levels are encountered.
  • Obtain assistance to carry large or heavy items down stairways.
  • Be careful when removing equipment and excess materials.

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.