CNC Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

CNC Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

CNC Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

CNC Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The CNC Laser Cutter 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. General precautions
  8. Specific precautions
  9. Setting up
  10. Operation
  11. Cleaning and maintenance
  12. On completion

The CNC Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your CNC Laser Cutter 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. Never operate the system unattended - always have a spotter.
  2. Always keep the area around cutter free of debris, clutter and flammable, also keep the interior of the lasercutter clean and free of debris.
  3. Always keep a properly maintained fire extinguisher in the area.

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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 CNC Laser Cutter 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 CNC Laser Cutter SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe CNC Laser Cutter SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own CNC laser cutter SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your CNC Laser Cutter SWMS such as: 

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

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

Your CNC Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

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

When the CNC Laser Cutter SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

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

When preparing your CNC Laser Cutter 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 CNC Laser Cutter. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using CNC laser cutter and ensure that: 

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

CNC Laser Cutter Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Enforce strict protocols for entry into areas where laser-cutting machinery is located, and allow only authorised persons to enter the area.
  • Locate laser cutters in enclosed areas, where persons from outside area are unable to view the laser when the machine is operating.
  • A placard displaying the ionising radiation symbol must be put up at each entrance into the area, and entry must be restricted to authorised persons only.
  • Good ventilation must be provided in the operating area for removing vapours and fumes.
  • Unauthorised persons must not be allowed to enter areas where a laser cutter is operating.
  • Do not allow unauthorised persons to enter into the area where the laser cutter is working.
  • Wearing laser eye protection and body protection is essential in laser operating areas.
  • Adequate ventilation must be provided in the area.
  • CNC laser cutting machines using Class 4 lasers present a high risk of skin and eye injury. Persons and users near these machines must wear laser protective eyewear and follow specific safety precautions.
  • A laser should be used only according to the operating instructions of the manufacturer.
  • Wear laser safety eyeglasses conforming only to BS EN207 in areas where laser cutters are in use.
  • Never look into a laser beam directly.
  • Wearing long-sleeved clothing is necessary.
  • Before starting operations, make sure all guards and covers are replaced and secured.
  • Make sure that the movement of machine axes is unhindered; the material to be processed is positioned correctly, placed flat and secured against any movement.
  • Before turning on, inspect all the hydraulic, electrical and compressed air connections.
  • Before production, allow the laser source to reach nominal working temperature.
  • For focusing and centring the laser beam of the cutter, follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
  • Never start operations until all covers have been replaced.
  • Before starting machining, make sure the material to be processed is secured.
  • Before using the laser cutter, make sure the temperature is stabilised.
  • Make sure all the guards and covers around the laser source are fitted and are secured.
  • Never touch or place any metallic objects on the covers of electronic equipment.
  • When setting up and checking the working movements of the machine, the operator must never enter the working area of the machine and remain in position at the command console.
  • Make sure there is good ventilation especially when plastics and metals are being cut.
  • Be careful when cutting combustible or flammable materials.
  • Wearing laser safety glasses is essential.
  • Adequate ventilation must be provided in the area.
  • When servicing the laser, make sure of wearing eye protection conforming to BS EN207.
  • While servicing lasers, never touch any optical component with bare hands.
  • After cutting, clean the residuals from the table and parts such as the suction system.
  • Refer to user manuals to clean and lubricate the runways and slides.
  • For cleaning laser optics, always follow the instructions from the manufacturer.
  • Make sure there is adequate coolant in the tank, top up if necessary and replace the coolant every 2-3 months.
  • Wearing laser safety glasses is essential.
  • Always wear latex gloves when working with lasers.
  • Do not allow residuals to clog the suction holes.
  • When changing coolant wearing gloves is essential.

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.