Shallow Stormwater Pits Safe Work Method Statement

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Shallow Stormwater Pits Safe Work Method Statement

The Cleanout Shallow Stormwater Pits Safe Work Method Statement Includes;

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The Cleanout Shallow Stormwater Pits Safe Work Method Statement Covers;

  1. Operational guidelines, with a step by step approach to safe work
  2. Possible hazards that may be encountered
  3. Step by step safety procedures to follow
  4. Before work starts – Guidelines and Checks
  5. Safety measures and guides
  6. Operational Safety Checks
  7. Before and After Risk Ratings while carrying out Operations
  8. Risk Assessment
  9. High Risk Work Involved
  10. Emergency Evacuation Procedure
  11. Plant and Equipment
  12. Qualifications and Permits
  13. Specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be used
  14. Legislation, Codes of Practice and Standards
  15. Company Personnel Sign off form to ensure all personnel acknowledge they have read and understand the SWMS


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

Your Cleanout Shallow Storm water Pits 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.

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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 Shallow Stormwater Pits 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 shallow stormwater pits project as needed, making sure that your Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own shallow stormwater pits SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS such as:

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

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

Your Shallow Stormwater Pits Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

Shallow Stormwater Pits 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 Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to shallow stormwater pits work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Shallow Stormwater Pits and their health and safety representatives who represented that workgroup at the workplace.

When the Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

  1. All persons involved in the shallow stormwater pits work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Shallow Stormwater Pits 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 Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the shallow stormwater pits work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Shallow Stormwater Pits SWMS.

When preparing your Shallow Stormwater Pits 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 Shallow Stormwater Pits.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with shallow stormwater pits and ensure that:

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

Shallow Stormwater Pits Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

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.