Cut Off Wheel Safe Work Method Statement

Cut Off Wheel Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Cut Off Wheel Safe Work Method Statement

Cut Off Wheel 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 Cut Off Wheel 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 Cut Off Wheel 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. Replacement of blade
  9. Preparation for cutting
  10. Operation
  11. On completion

The Cut Off Wheel Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Customer Service 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. Always handle wheels carefully, all cutting wheels should be placed on top of each other or kept in the original packaging.
  2. Always visually inspect all wheels before mounting for possible damage in transit.
  3. Always use a safety guard and make sure that it is correctly and securely fitted.

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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 Cut Off Wheel 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 Cut Off Wheel SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Cut Off Wheel SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own cut off wheel SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Cut Off Wheel SWMS such as: 

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

Note: The Cut Off Wheel SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the cut off wheel work is completed. Where theCut Off Wheel SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Cut Off Wheel SafeWork Method Statement, the Cut Off Wheel SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

Your Cut Off Wheel Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

Your Cut Off Wheel 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 Cut Off Wheel SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Cut Off Wheel SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to cut off wheel work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Cut Off Wheel and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace. 

When the Cut Off Wheel SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

  1. All persons involved in the cut off wheel work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Cut Off Wheel 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 Cut Off Wheel SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the cut off wheel work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Cut Off Wheel SWMS.

When preparing your Cut Off Wheel 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 Cut Off Wheel. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with cut off wheel and ensure that:

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

Cut Off Wheel Training - Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Inspect the casing for any missing screws, cracks and damages.
  • Check that the current test tag is present, and that the lead and plug are not damaged.
  • Inspect the controls and make sure they operate smoothly.
  • Check the blade does not have uneven or excessive wear, is not damaged and no cracks.
  • Make sure of using the appropriate blade for the work at hand. (Note: do not use metal saw blades on machines meant for cut-off wheels)
  • Ensure the guard is fitted properly and is not loose.
  • Make sure that the grips and handles are all firmly fitted and are unable to move.
  • If there are any parts that are damaged, missing or out of test, arrange for immediate repairs and do not use the machine.
  • Replace the faulty or improper blade with the proper blade for the machine and the task.
  • Always use the proper blade.
  • Never use a machine without guards.
  • Before carrying out maintenance, always unplug the machine.
  • Use the proper supplied spanners and tools to undo the spindle nut.
  • The spindle nut holes and slots must be cleaned to avoid spanner slipping.
  • Use a brush for cleaning debris and dust for the backing plate, spindle and guard.
  • Make sure the threads on the spindle are undamaged and the backing plate can sit flush.
  • Make sure of the compatibility of the replacement blade proper spindle hole diameter, proper outer diameter, blade speed matching with machine speed and the blade is of the proper type for the material to be cut.
  • Mount the blade, washers and nut in the proper order, and tighten firmly with proper spanner and tools.
  • Remove the plug or place a lock out.
  • It is recommended to wear leather gloves for handling sharp or rough parts.
  • If using compressed air for cleaning, it is recommended to wear eye protection.
  • Never use an incompatible blade or a blade that does not meet all the criteria in the left column.
  • Make sure all surfaces are clean.
  • Never over-tighten the nut.
  • Make sure there is adequate space to work comfortably, and there is no debris or scrap on the floor.
  • On both sides of the machine, make sure there is adequate support for the material being cut.
  • Provide means of assistance to avoid or minimise lifting of heavy stock.
  • For production cutting, stops can beset.
  • Turn off the saw, lower the blade to touch the stock and take measurements from the blade to the end with a sample piece or a metal rule.
  • Clamp the piece to be cut securely with work clamps or in a vice.
  • For scrap pieces, provide bins.
  • The floor must be swept regularly.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • Mechanical aids must be provided.
  • Before commencing repetition cuts, make a test cut to check the length of the piece.
  • Large amounts of dust and spark will be generated when operating a cut-off wheel.
  • There is a risk of blade failure and it may fragment.
  • People using a cut-off wheel must not be allowed to wear unrestrained long hair, jewellery or loose clothing.
  • Never wear items that may ignite easily such as synthetic clothing.
  • Allow only essential persons to enter the work area.
  • Hazardous noise levels may be generated by cut-off wheels.
  • Cut pieces will usually have sharp edges, and will be very hot immediately after being cut.
  • Eye protection or face shield must be worn
  • Wearing appropriate clothing is recommended and an apron must be used to protect clothing.
  • Wearing hearing protection is essential.
  • For handling hot or sharp objects, wearing leather 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.