CO2 Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

CO2 Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

CO2 Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

CO2 Laser Cutter 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 CO2 Laser Cutter 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 CO2 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. Pre-start checks
  8. Setting up
  9. Operation
  10. Maintenance
  11. On completion

The CO2 Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement, include;


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

Your CO2 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. Check all settings carefully before commencing any laser cutting operation.
  2. The work area should be clean and free of equipment, rubbish and other obstacles.
  3. It is mandatory to have proper instruction and training before using the equipment.

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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 CO2 Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement, the first step is to create the document as a Safe WorkMethod 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 CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own CO2 laser cutter SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS such as: 

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications.
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to CO2 laser cutter work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the CO2 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 CO2 laser cutter work being done.
  • Any changes added to the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS after an incident or a near miss. 

Note: The CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the CO2 laser cutter work is completed.Where the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the CO2 LaserCutter Safe Work Method Statement, the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your CO2 Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as:

  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve a risk of a person falling more than 2 meters?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out on a telecommunication tower?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines?
  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services?
  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve demolition of an element related to the physical integrity of a structure?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere?
  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos?
  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve tilt-up or precast concrete?
  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve structural alteration or repair that requires temporary support to prevent collapse?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out in or near a confined space?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out in an area of a workplace where there is any movement of powered mobile plant?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out in/near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5m or tunnel involving use of explosives?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out in areas with artificial extremes of temperature?
  • Is the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning?
  • Does the CO2 laser cutter work outlined in the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS involve diving work? 

Your CO2 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
  • CO2 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 CO2 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 CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to CO2 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 CO2 Laser Cutter and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

  1. All persons involved in the CO2 laser cutter work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised CO2 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 CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the CO2 laser cutter work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS.

When preparing your CO2 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 CO2 Laser Cutter.

When writing your CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with CO2 Laser Cutters in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

  • Health and Safety guidelines for CO2 laser cutter work
  • Emergency plans and evacuation procedures for the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS
  • Worker inductions for CO2 Laser Cutter
  • Toolbox talks (safety meetings) added to the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS
  • Outline details of supervision of the site and workers on the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS
  • Check all workers qualifications, permits and competencies for CO2 Laser Cutter operations
  • Ensure the CO2 Laser Cutter and any related equipment is functioning correctly
  • Hazard reporting procedures in place and added to the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS
  • Incident reporting procedures in place and added to the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS
  • Exclusion zones when conducting CO2 laser cutter work
  • Risk Assessment for TASK completed and noted on the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS
  • Electrical NO GO ZONES identified, discussed and documented. 

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using around CO2 Laser Cutter and ensure that:

  1. A risk assessment of the CO2 laser cutter work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct CO2 laser cutter work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting CO2 laser cutter work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS details
  5. If conducting CO2 Laser Cutter at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for CO2 laser cutter work 

CO2 Laser Cutter Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting CO2 Laser Cutter as well as any qualifications that may be required for various CO2 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 CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in CO2 Laser Cutter operations and CO2 laser cutter work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the CO2 Laser Cutter SWMS 

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own CO2Laser Cutter Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Make sure that the cables to the cutter head are not cut or damaged and that the controls and the power supply are not damaged.
  • Periodically check that the emergency stop button is operating properly,
  • Make sure there is no leak in the gas supply. Use soapy water to check the connections, as CO2 is a colourless, odourless asphyxiant gas.
  • Make sure there are no offcuts and scrap in the area around the machine.
  • Never use faulty equipment.
  • Use protected circuits only for powering electric machinery,
  • Turn off gas supply when not in use.
  • The work area must be clean.
  • Laser cutting machinery must be set up or adjusted only by authorised persons.
  • Make sure there are no offcuts or scrap on the cutting table, as these could cause a blowback if the cutter faces additional thickness of material.
  • Use proper cutting speed and arc voltage suitable to the thickness and type of the material to be cut. Always follow the recommendations of the manufacturer.
  • Adjust the gas flow to suit the thickness and type of material to be cut.
  • Do not allow any unauthorised persons.
  • Worktable must be kept clean.
  • All offcuts and scrap must be removed.
  • Wearing gloves is essential for handling rough or sharp materials.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Harmful levels of light and spatter risk will be present at the cutting zone.
  • As far as possible, house automatic machines in enclosures.
  • Do not wear jewellery and loose clothing near moving parts of the machine and contain long hair.
  • Wear long sleeved clothing to protect skin from ray burns and spatter.
  • Exclusion zone must be provided around the machine at limit of spatter from cutting.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Do not permit wearing long hair, loose clothing and jewellery near moving parts of machinery.
  • Servicing must be carried out as recommended in the maintenance manual of the manufacturer.
  • Allow only authorised persons to carry out repairs.
  • Only those replacement parts must be used, which are totally compatible with the make and model of the machine.
  • Do not allow any unauthorised repairs.
  • Make sure the machine is locked out for repair and maintenance.
  • Never use any incompatible parts.

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.