Cement Rendering Safe Work Method Statement

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Cement Rendering Safe Work Method Statement

Cement Rendering 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 Cement Rendering 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 Cement Rendering 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. Site security
  8. Safety of other persons
  9. Working at heights
  10. Finishing
  11. Clean up of tools and site
  12. On completion

The Cement Rendering Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Cement Rendering 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. Wear appropriate PPE, particularly; water-proof gloves, a long-sleeved shirt, full-length pants, and adequate eye protection when working with these materials.
  2. If you have to stand in wet concrete, use water-proof boots that are high enough to keep concrete from flowing into them. Wet cement is highly alkaline in nature. This is a high-risk area.
  3. Make sure cement is very well cleaned after use, to diminish the risk of cement poisoning, particularly if you have cut yourself, make sure that is very well protected and cleaned.

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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 Cement Rendering 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 Cement Rendering SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Cement Rendering SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own cement rendering SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Cement Rendering 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 Cement Rendering.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing cement rendering and ensure that:

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

Cement Rendering Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Cement Rendering Safe Work Method Statement Template 

  • Use means relevant to the site such as fences, barricades and other means to secure against unauthorised entry.
  • Unauthorised access must not be allowed for all plant, equipment and material.
  • A safe travel path must be provided for pedestrians. The path must be separate from traffic and past the site.
  • At the entrance, post signs to prohibit entry of unauthorised persons.
  • Store the signs securely after working hours.
  • The path must be kept clear at all times.
  • To prevent persons in adjoining areas from being affected, a mesh or similar means of enclosing work platform must be used, preventing splashing of cement used for rendering.
  • Splashing of cement onto public areas must be prevented during cement rendering work by using a full enclosure, where required by local authority.
  • Enclosures constructed must be stable under all working conditions and weather.
  • Prevent entry to the site by using proper signs.
  • All work above ground level must be provided with safe work platforms.
  • Provide edge protection to work platforms, from where a person can fall more than 1.8m (QLD) or 2.0m (other states).
  • Do not allow over-exertion due to manual lifting of heavy loads. Provide mechanical means of hoisting cement for rendering onto work platforms.
  • To prevent objects from falling, a kickboard must be provided around the perimeter of the platform.
  • Do not allow persons to enter the hazard zone by placing barricades around the area below the platform.
  • Only a certified person must erect a scaffolding above 4m.
  • Make sure that boom lifts, scissor lifts, etc., are always located on level and firm surfaces and prevented from movement.
  • Wearing head protection is recommended.
  • Mix only that much cement that can be carried safely by one person.
  • Never carry drums of plaster mix when climbing trestles or ladders.
  • When working at heights, reduce the risk of falling by using a trowel box.
  • Exposed skin areas may be irritated and eyes may burn on contact with wet cement. Use proper protective clothing and equipment while using cement products.
  • If above shoulder height, use a rope or similar to raise the drum to the trestle.
  • Proper handling practices must be observed.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.
  • Before the cement can set hard, all tools, aids and carrying receptacles must be washed thoroughly.
  • For removing set cement, use a proper scraper and always scrape away from body.
  • All cement waste can be disposed of as landfill. Do not allow any contaminated water to enter waterways, sewers or stormwater drains.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.

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.