Directional Drilling Safe Work Method Statement

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Directional Drilling Safe Work Method Statement

Directional Drilling 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 - Directional Drilling 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 Directional Drilling 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. Setting up work site
  9. Pre-drilling checks
  10. Transport of drill unit
  11. Operation
  12. On completion

The Directional Drilling Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Directional Drilling 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. Never allow workers to stand on or straddle the drill string.
  2. The staff should always stay clear of the rotating shaft and drill.
  3. Another hazard includes the possibility of being electrocuted if a power line is hit, look up!

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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 Directional Drilling 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 Directional Drilling SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Directional Drilling SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own glass installation or glazing SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Directional Drilling SWMS such as: 

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

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

Your Directional Drilling Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

Your Directional Drilling Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the worksite, such as:

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

When the Directional Drilling SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the glass installation or glazing work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Directional Drilling 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 Directional Drilling SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the glass installation or glazing work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Directional Drilling SWMS.

When preparing your Directional Drilling 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 Directional Drilling. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing directional drilling and ensure that:

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

Directional Drilling Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Carry out all work in trenches and excavations according to state and territory regulations and codes, including inspections by a competent person refer to SWP122 Excavation Work (under 1.5 metres deep) and SWP123 Excavation Work (over 1.5 metres deep).
  • No person should enter a trench or excavation unless it has been assessed before entry by a competent person and declared to be safe to enter.
  • Carry out the existence and location of underground services on the site before any excavation or directional drilling commences.
  • Dial 1100 before you dig. (Note: this is a free Australia-wide service).
  • Select firm level area for stable set up and operation of drilling unit make sure anchors will hold securely.
  • Refer to operating manual to determine if site conditions will affect work quality drill downhill to allow slurry to drain.
  • Barricade work areas to maintain safe distance of drill unit, associated plant and equipment from vehicles and pedestrians past work locations refer to SWP289 Working on Roads. Liaise with local traffic authorities.
  • Check along and maintain safe distance each side of bore path to locate and verify locations of underground services and to detect any possible obstructions clearly mark location of all identified underground services and obstacles.
  • Make sure that truck or float is located on a firm level surface and wheels chocked refer to SWP 219 Transport of Plant and Machinery.
  • Make sure that drill is aligned with ramps and use slow engine speed at low throttle.
  • Use remote drive control from ground when loading or unloading drill refer to SWP 241 Truck Loading & Load Restraint.
  • Attach tie downs to approved tie down points on drill and truck or float.
  • Check for no loose parts that may dislodge and fall during transport remove or secure all loose parts.
  • Make sure that other persons are away from machine before operating drill stand on drill unit platform when operating anchor controls.
  • Never wear or allow loose clothing or jewellery, etc., near rotating machine parts.
  • Make sure that anchor system is suitable for machine and type of ground to be used in keep away from moving augers.
  • Grid mats must be properly set up and connected to drill unit where underground electrical hazard is identified when loading and unloading drill pipes wear insulating boots and gloves when working near electrical hazards.
  • Shut off drill string power when anyone can be struck by moving or thrown tools make sure drill is shut down before attempting to work on drill string.
  • Suitable communication system between back ream and drill unit operator must be provided.

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.