Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement

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Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement

Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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. Storage and handling
  8. Provision of information
  9. Use of substances
  10. Avoiding contact
  11. Clean up of spills
  12. Direct exposure of persons
  13. Reporting and recording of incidents
  14. On completion

The Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Use signs on cages to identify animals receiving cytotoxic drug treatment.
  2. Proper safety information also needs to be given to the client about the drug.
  3. A dedicated area of isolation and safety within the veterinary practice should be used for cytotoxic drug treatment.

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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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own cytotoxic substances veterinary use SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS such as: 

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

Note: The Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the cytotoxic substances veterinary use work is completed. Where the Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary UseSWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Cytotoxic Substances VeterinaryUse Safe Work Method Statement, the Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

Your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Safe Work MethodStatement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

Your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, such as: 

Your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to cytotoxic substances veterinary use work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

  1. All persons involved in the cytotoxic substances veterinary use work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the cytotoxic substances veterinary use work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS.

When preparing your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use.

When writing your Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Uses in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish: 

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using cytotoxic substances and ensure that:

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

Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Training and Worker Qualifications 

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use as well as any qualifications that may be required for various cytotoxic substances veterinary use 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 Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use operations and cytotoxic substances veterinary use work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use SWMS

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Cytotoxic Substances Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Store in a secure area, with access limited to authorised persons only do not allow unauthorised access to storage areas.
  • Storage area must be clearly marked with appropriate signage identify PPE requirements.
  • Storage area should be designed to minimise risk of damage to containers packaging must protect containers.
  • Make sure of the integrity of all packaging when storing, and labelling of packages labels with all required data must be placed on all containers (including syringes, IV bags, etc).
  • Persons handling cytotoxic substances must wear required protective clothing and equipment if risk of exposure exists.
  • Current MSDS for all substances must be available in each area where used - MSDSs must conform to NOHSC guidelines for MSDSs.
  • All persons must be advised of the location of MSDSs and the risk information.
  • Protective clothing and equipment must be worn when administering drugs.
  • The following PPE is required
  • coveralls or gown
  • impervious inner and outer gloves
  • eye protection
  • dust mask
  • waterproof apron and boots.
  • All cytotoxic drugs must be administered by or under the supervision of a registered veterinary practitioner.
  • All animals receiving cytotoxic drug treatment must be identified with signs.
  • Make sure that animals are restrained or controlled during drug administration.
  • Appropriate spill control kits must be readily available in all areas wash hands thoroughly.
  • Persons handling animals must wear protective clothing and equipment refer above for PPE requirements.
  • Equipment to clean up spills, faeces, etc., is to be available in all areas.
  • Provide:
  • paper towelling
  • cleaning detergent
  • small shovel or scoop
  • waterproof inner and outer gloves.
  • Avoid skin touching animal excreta and body fluids.
  • Clean equipment immediately after use with an appropriate cleaning agent wash hands thoroughly.
  • Place sign stating RECEIVING CYTOTOXIC DRUG THERAPY on cages of all animals undergoing treatment.
  • Isolate affected area direct persons not involved in clean up to stay clear refer above for PPE requirements.
  • Display signs, restrict access, and call for assistance if required allow only persons involved in actual clean up to enter affected area.
  • Don respirator first, then other appropriate protective clothing and PPE.
  • Carefully cover liquid spills with absorbent material never splash generate dust or aerosols when covering.
  • Cover dry material with absorbent mat, wet carefully to dissolve material to allow absorption by the mat make sure that all spilt material is absorbed before commencing to clean area.
  • Gather absorbed material, including all broken glass.
  • Wash affected area several times with detergent work from edge to centre.
  • Dry affected area with absorbent towels or other suitable materials make sure area is completely dry before allowing re-entry.
  • Place all collected waste into a cytotoxic waste disposal bag for disposal dispose of all contaminated PPE.
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after clean up is completed.
  • Immediately remove outer gloves, gown and any contaminated clothing dispose of all contaminated PPE.
  • Contaminated clothing should be separately bagged, machine washed separately, and line-dried avoid touching contaminated clothing wear gloves.
  • Wash affected skin with soap and flush thoroughly with copious amounts of water never administer antiseptic or anaesthetic drops or ointments.
  • Immediately flush eye with isotonic saline solution for at least 15 minutes use saline solution to flush eyes.
  • Report incident to supervisor immediately.
  • Seek immediate medical advice and further medical attention as necessary.
  • Document all exposures, making sure that all details are recorded.
  • All spills, exposures or contaminations must be reported as soon as practicable to supervisors or management all supervisors should be trained in procedures to be followed.
  • Record all incidents and procedures followed in a spills register.
  • Report all incidents involving carcinogenic substances to the Health and Safety authority in the appropriate State or Territory.

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.