Chain Saw Safe Work Method Statement

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Chain Saw Safe Work Method Statement

Chain 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 Chain 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 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 Chain 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. Pre-start checks
  8. Starting
  9. Operation
  10. General precautions
  11. On completion

The Chain Saw Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Chain 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.

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. The thumb grip - keep a steady grip on both handles on the saw and do not be afraid of the saw, keep confident, close contact of it.
  2. Stand with your feet apart and keep sturdy balance, as well as bend your knees to spare your back and prevent injuries.
  3. The chain must not be rotating when you are moving or transporting to another spot.

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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 Chain 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 Chain Saw SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Chain Saw SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications. 
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to chain saw work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the chain 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 chain saw work being done. 
  • Any changes added to the Chain Saw SWMS after an incident ora near miss. 

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

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

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

Your Chain 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
  • Chain 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 Chain 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 Chain Saw SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Chain Saw SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to chain 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 Chain Saw and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Chain 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 Chain Saw. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using chain saw and ensure that: 

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

Chain Saw Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Before starting work with a chain saw, check the ignition switch is in the OFF position, and the ignition lead has been removed from the spark plug.
  • All bolts, nuts and screws must be inspected, tightened and replaced as appropriate.
  • Keep all fuel and air filters clean. The muffler spark arrestor screen must be checked.
  • The chain bar must be rotated daily and any burrs removed.The sprocket nose must run freely. The chain must not have missing or broken teeth and there must be no tight spots.
  • The chain brake must engage easily when pushed.
  • The fuel tank must have the correct fuel mixture. To prevent spillage, fuel must be poured with a pourer or a funnel. The chain oiler tank must contain chain oil. Units are generally designed to allow both tanks to empty at the same time.
  • For handling sharp and rough parts, wearing leather gloves is recommended.
  • When testing, sharpening or cleaning, wearing of eye protection is recommended.
  • Ensure no smoking zone in the vicinity of fuel storage and when refuelling. Do not allow any ignition sources nearby.
  • Starting must follow specific instructions from the manufacturer.
  • To start the saw, place it on firm ground in clear space, hold the handle firmly while giving a quick sharp pull on the starter cord. The saw must idle with the chain not rotating. If the chain rotates during idling, shut off and follow manufacturer's instructions to adjust the idling. After starting, allow warming up before starting to cut.
  • Unless trained, do not drop start the chain saw.
  • When starting, ensure a good footing is obtained.
  • Make sure the area has no obstructions.
  • Ensure a fire extinguisher is available in close proximity when working.
  • Always maintain a stance that is well balanced and cut with the saw pointing away from the body.
  • Chain saws usually generate large quantities of wood chips and sawdust.
  • Noise generation from chain saws is usually above the exposure limits considered safe.
  • To protect against falling wood, head protection must be used. This is also useful in case of a kickback from the nose, which may be flung up during contact.
  • While in operation, an accidental strike can result in severe injuries to the operator. Leg protectors in the form of Kevlar trousers must be worn by full time operators of the chain saw.
  • High vibration levels are produced by chain saws. A high risk of splintering and cutting is associated with cut timber.
  • Before refuelling, allow machine to cool down. Use funnel to avoid spilling fuel.
  • Wearing of Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Wearing hearing protection is recommended.
  • Wearing safety cap or helmet Is recommended.
  • Wearing a face shield is recommended,
  • Wearing Kevlar leg protection is recommended.
  • Wearing leather gloves or coated cotton pile is recommended.
  • Ensure there is no smoke or flames nearby.
  • The cutting area must be kept clear of all people, using barricades and warning signs for preventing unauthorized entry.
  • The task to be completed must be planned. For achieving the desired results, work out the sequence of cutting.
  • Do not cut above shoulder height, when pruning. This prevents loss of control of the saw.
  • While felling trees, plan the way for the tree to fall.
  • Also, check which way the limbs of the tree will fall. A falling tree could jump back from the stump as well.
  • It is recommended never to cut alone. Preferably, positionan observer in a safe area to warn of dangers and provide assistance in case ofnecessity.
  • Keep a first-aid kit near the work area. Ensure the kit iswell stocked.
  • Ensure the work area has no unauthorized entries.
  • The observer must have the ability to operate the chain sawif required.

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.