Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method Statement

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Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method Statement

Chemicals – Handling And Use 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 Handling and Use 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 Chemicals – Handling And Use 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. Provision of information
  8. General precautions
  9. Handling chemicals
  10. Decanting chemicals
  11. Mixing chemicals
  12. Spills and leaks
  13. First aid
  14. Disposal of used and waste chemicals
  15. On completion

The Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Chemicals – Handling And Use 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. Isolate hazardous substances in separate storage areas, purge or ventilate storage areas separately from the rest of the workplace.
  2. Thoroughly train employees in handling and safety procedures, following proper instructions.
  3. Provide proper PPE, such as respirators, gloves and goggles.

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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 Chemicals – Handling AndUse Safe Work Method Statement, the first step is to create the document as aSafe Work Method Statement Template. This way, you can use the same SWMSTemplate and then adjust the document for each different glazing project asneeded, making sure that your Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS Templateaddresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be topurchase a Bluesafe Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS Template. However, if youdecide to take the route of writing your own chemicals – handling and use SWMS,there are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want toconsider adding to your Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS such as: 

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sureimplementation, monitoring and compliance of the Chemicals – Handling And UseSWMS as well as any reviews and modifications. 
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talksin relation to chemicals – handling and use work, scheduled in accordance withlegislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the chemicals– handling and use work is being conducted, secondly, communicate the risks andhazards and then take steps to eliminate or control each hazard in relation tothe chemicals – handling and use work being done.
  • Any changes added to the Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMSafter an incident or a near miss.

Note: The Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS must be kept andbe available for inspection at least until the chemicals – handling and use workis completed. Where the Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS is revised, allversions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occursin relation to the Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method Statement, theChemicals – Handling And Use SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years fromthe date of the incident. 

Your Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve a risk of a person falling more than 2 meters?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out on a telecommunication tower?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerantlines?
  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve demolition of an element of a structure that isload-bearing?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out on or near energised electricalinstallations or services?
  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve demolition of an element related to thephysical integrity of a structure?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out in an area that may have a contaminated orflammable atmosphere.
  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos?
  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve tilt-up or precast concrete?
  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve structural alteration or repair that requirestemporary support to prevent collapse?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway,shipping lane or other traffic corridor?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out in or near a confined space?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out in an area of a workplace where there isany movement of powered mobile plant?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out in/near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5mor tunnel involving use of explosives?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out in areas with artificial extremes oftemperature?
  • Is the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS carried out in or near water or other liquid thatinvolves a risk of drowning?
  • Does the chemicals – handling and use work outlined in the Chemicals– Handling And Use SWMS involve diving work? 

Your Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method Statementshould also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near thework site, such as: 

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Chemicals – Handling And Use
  • 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 Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS should also list anyPersonal 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 Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Chemicals –Handling And Use SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to chemicals – handling and use work are revised.The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers(including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Chemicals – Handling And Use and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the chemicals – handling and use work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Chemicals – Handling And Use 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 Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the chemicals – handling and use work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS. 

When preparing your Chemicals – Handling And Use 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 Chemicals – Handling And Use. 

When writing your Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Chemicals – Handling And Uses in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with chemicals - handling and use and ensure that:

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

Chemicals – Handling And Use Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Chemicals – Handling And Use as well as any qualifications that maybe required for various chemicals – handling and use 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 Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Chemicals – Handling And Use operations and chemicals – handling and use work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Chemicals – Handling And Use SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Chemicals – Handling And Use Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Before any substance is first used in any laboratory or workplace, ensure that a current SDS for the substance is readily available.
  • The SDS must provide detailed information about the substance by name, including safe handling of the substance, precautions for use, health hazard information and ingredients in mixtures.
  • Each area where a substance is to be used must have a register for a risk assessment for the area, along with a SDS for the substance.
  • Make sure the SDS is actually related to the substance to be used, and is under 5 years old.
  • All SDS must be replaced every 5 years.
  • Label the register clearly and make it readily available.
  • Until required, chemicals and substances must be kept in safe and well-ventilated storages.
  • Secure the chemical storage against unauthorized entry.
  • Wherever chemicals are stored, used and handled, must have suitable emergency wash and eye wash facility.
  • Make sure the storage is compatible and suitable for the materials being stored.
  • Emergency deluge shower and eyewash must be provided in work areas.
  • All persons handling chemicals must be informed of the hazards of the substance, and the means of protecting themselves from the substance.
  • Suitable body, eye and respiratory protection, as required by the SDS, must be provided to all persons, who are likely to be exposed to a substance, if the substance poses an immediate risk to health and if adequate ventilation cannot be maintained.
  • All corrosive substances must have safe handling instructions.
  • Wearing eye protection, respirator, apron, body protection, liquid-proof gloves, and chemical-proof footwear as required by the SDS recommended.
  • Do not allow eating and drinking in areas where chemicals are stored, handled and used.
  • Use well-ventilated areas with provisions to contain a spill or leak for decanting substances.
  • Substances that present a risk of injury by inhalation must be decanted inside a fume cabinet or under a fume hood.
  • Hazardous substance containers must be labelled clearly and with the correct name of the substance, safe handling precautions and possible harmful effects.
  • Static controls must be provided where flammable substances are to be decanted.
  • Work area contamination must be avoided.
  • Make sure all containers are correctly labelled according to their contents.
  • Reactivity of substances before mixing must always be checked to prevent violent or uncontrolled reaction while mixing.
  • Always add the chemicals, slowly, to water, when diluting or making solutions.
  • When not in use, chemical containers must be kept closed and safely stored.
  • For stirring, always use a non-reactive tool or implement.
  • Avoid use of plastic, organic or reactive metallic materials with acids.
  • Always follow procedures for safe handling and mixing of chemicals.
  • Do not add water to chemicals.
  • Chemicals must always be stored in secure areas.
  • Make sure that containers and tools, etc., do not react with the chemicals to be used with them.
  • Wherever substances are used, make sure that neutralizing agents are available readily.
  • For control of spills and leaks, follow the SDS procedures.
  • Procedures must be in place for removing persons to a safe place, who may be affected by a leak or spill, resulting in a risk to safety and health.
  • Training for implementation of emergency procedures must be provided to all persons.
  • Areas where an emergency could arise, must display clearly the emergency contacts in the area.
  • For handling cases of exposure, suitable first aid facilities must be readily available.
  • Wherever chemicals are used, suitable spill kits must be readily available.
  • Procedures to be followed in cases on emergency must be informed to all persons.
  • Make sure a trained person is available at all times.
  • Emergency facilities must be provided.
  • Contaminated clothing must be removed and the patient placed under deluge shower. The affected area must be washed with soap and water.Medical advice must be sought if skin irritation persists.
  • Wash the eyes with clear water or saline solution for at least 15 minutes. For severe cases, seek medical advice.
  • Remove patient to fresh air and keep warm. If symptoms persist, consult a doctor.
  • Although patient's mouth can be rinsed, vomiting must not be induced without medical advice. For severe cases, seek medical advice.
  • Avoid contact with the spilled material.
  • When handling contaminated clothing, objects or body parts, wearing hand protection is recommended.
  • For mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, use of resuscitation mask is recommended.
  • Chemical waste (including material used to absorb leak or spill) must be disposed properly
  • For disposal, waste chemical containers must be labelled clearly and transported to an approved chemical waste disposal facility.
  • Waste chemicals must not be disposed in sinks, sewers or drains, and must not be allowed to enter ponds or watercourses, etc.
  • For transporting chemicals, use of leak proof and sealed containers is recommended.
  • Never endanger the environment. Waste chemicals must be disposed properly.

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.