Cleaning Chemicals Safe Work Method Statement

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Cleaning Chemicals Safe Work Method Statement

Cleaning Chemicals 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 Cleaning Chemicals 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 Cleaning Chemicals 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. MSDS register
  8. Storage
  9. Labelling
  10. Handling
  11. Disposal
  12. Emergency procedures
  13. On completion

The Cleaning Chemicals Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Cleaning Chemicals 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.

Now that your Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is ready for use, you can also make the SWMS document available as a training resource for activities such as WHS-OHS Toolbox Meeting Talks or Workplace Inductions.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Keep all cleaning chemicals in their original containers and never mix chemicals, even if the cleaning chemicals are of the same type.
  2. Store chemicals in well-ventilated areas away from intake vents, this helps prevent any fumes from spreading to other areas of a facility or workplace.
  3. Know the chemical products you use and only use cleaning chemicals with a label.

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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 Cleaning Chemicals 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 Cleaning Chemicals SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Cleaning Chemicals SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own cleaning chemicals SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

Your Cleaning Chemicals Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the worksite, such as:

Your Cleaning Chemicals SWMS should also list any Personal Protective Equipment such as:

  • Foot Protection - Boots or closed in shoes
  • Hand Protection - 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 Cleaning Chemicals SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Cleaning Chemicals SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to cleaning chemicals work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who maybe affected by the Cleaning Chemicals and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

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

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

When preparing your Cleaning Chemicals 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 Cleaning Chemicals.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using cleaning chemicals and ensure that:

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

Cleaning Chemicals Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Before any cleaner is first used in a workplace, a current Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS must always be obtained for each substance.
  • Ensure the MSDS provides detailed information about the substance by name, including its ingredients in mixture, information on health hazard, precautions for its use and the process for safe handling of the substance.
  • Wherever a substance is to be used, must have a register carrying the MSDS of the substance, along with a risk assessment of the area.
  • Make sure the MSDS is current and is applicable to the substance before it is actually used in the workplace.
  • Ensure the MSDS is current, and less than 5 years old.
  • All MSDS must be replaced every 5 years.
  • All registers containing MSDS must be clearly labelled and be readily available.
  • Cleaning chemicals must be stored in well-ventilated areas.
  • Each area where liquids are stored must be provided with adequate means of containing and cleaning up of leaks and spills. For each corrosive substance, neutralising agents must be readily available.
  • Spillage disposal must follow directions as in the MSDS.
  • Ignition sources and smoking must not be allowed near or in storage areas.
  • As specified in the MSDS, personal protective equipment or PPE must be available whenever there is a leak or spill.
  • Containers of chemical cleaners must be labelled clearly with the substance's trade name, the chemical names of the ingredients, possible harmful effects, precautions for safe handling, and the appropriate poisons label or the appropriate dangerous goods class label.
  • Labels on the container must be clearly visible.
  • Make sure the container has the correct label affixed.
  • All persons handling chemicals must be instructed about the hazards of the substance, and the means of protecting themselves from the substance.
  • Suitable protective equipment must be provided to all persons who are likely to be exposed to a substance.
  • In all areas where flammable materials are handled, all sources of ignition must be prevented or eliminated.
  • All substances must have safe handling instructions.
  • Wearing of body protection, eye protection, liquid-proof gloves is essential as required by the MSDS.
  • No ignition sources or smoking must be allowed.
  • Wherever applicable, the spilt material must be neutralised with suitable neutralising agents.
  • Never allow the substances to enter drains or watercourses.
  • Suitable containers must be provided for disposal of waste substances.
  • If a spill or leak could result in a risk to health and safety, persons who may be affected must be provided by procedures to remove them to a safe place.
  • All persons must be trained in the implementation of emergency procedures.
  • In case of exposure, make first aid facilities readily available.
  • Suitable means must be provided for cleaning up and controlling leaks and spills.
  • Wearing appropriate PPE 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.