Electrical Installation and Maintenance Safe Work Method Statement

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Electrical Installation and Maintenance Safe Work Method Statement

Electrical Installation and Maintenance 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 Electrical Installation and Maintenance 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 Electrical Installation and Maintenance 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. Locate isolator, isolate electrical supply and verify.
  8. Use of ladders (if working aboveground level)
  9. Carry out repairs and / or maintenance to equipment
  10. Complete repair and / or maintenance. Test integrity of completed circuit
  11. Restore power and test equipment
  12. Housekeeping
  13. Environmental Waste ManagementConsideration
  14. On completion

The Electrical Installation and Maintenance Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Electrical Installation and Maintenance 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. Plan your work and plan for safety at all times.
  2. Avoid wet working conditions and other dangers.
  3. Use the correct tools and maintain properly. Wear appropriate PPE.

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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 Electrical Installation and Maintenance 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 electrical installation and maintenance project as needed, making sure that your Electrical Installation and Maintenance SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Electrical Installation and Maintenance SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own electrical installation and maintenance SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Electrical Installation and Maintenance SWMS such as:

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

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

Your Electrical Installation and Maintenance Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

Your Electrical Installation and Maintenance Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, such as: 

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

When the Electrical Installation and Maintenance SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

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

When preparing your Electrical Installation and Maintenance 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 Electrical Installation and Maintenance.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when doing electrical installation and maintenance and ensure that: 

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

Electrical Installation and Maintenance Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Electrical Installation and Maintenance Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • All personnel involved must be inducted and aware of the child protection act. I.D Tags to be worn at all times. (where applicable)
  • Appropriate contract specific inductions have been undertaken
  • First aid kit present suitable for the site
  • Check the Asbestos Register (if applicable)
  • Minimum of two competent personnel to be present to be present when working at heights
  • Complete job start with consulting with all workers
  • Complete plan pre start checklist (if applicable)
  • Develop working at heights rescue plan (if applicable)
  • Advise Client prior to commencing work, on arrival sign maintenance logbook.
  • Arrange to access work area via Client or their representative.
  • Liaise with Client as to the safest means for vehicles to enter the Client grounds not at peak movement times,
  • Site person to walk/direct all vehicles through site
  • Clearly define work area and secure area using doors in area or provide barricades and signs
  • Ensure correct PPE is worn as identified on SWMS and JOBSTART.
  • Secure all tools and equipment at all times when not in use.
  • All electrical energy must be de-energised before undertaking work. Identify and isolate the appropriate circuit breaker/fuse
  • Lock with suitable device. Place a personal danger tag at isolation point for each person who will work at the circuit, the tag must have person’s name and phone number, if unsure contact the Supervisor.
  • Verify isolation by testing equipment prior to and after isolation i.e., try to start or use test meter.
  • If unable to isolate low voltage electrical supply a Live Work Permit must be completed that ensures
  • 2 persons are present,
  • insulation gloves and safety glasses are worn, Gloves must be checked for integrity and air tested before use.
  • An insulation mat is provided
  • A rescue plan is established
  • Only Insulated tools are used
  • Insulation barriers are installed where possible
  • Where high voltage electrical supplies cannot be isolated DONOT commence work and notify the Supervisor.
  • Any electrical equipment emitting RF radiation shall be switched off or isolated before commencing work on or near.
  • Only fibreglass ladders are to be used and inspected for integrity prior to use.
  • Ladders must be kept at least 4 metres from any overhead power lines. Where this is not possible the lines must be isolated or insulated against contact.
  • The area surrounding a ladder must be barricaded
  • You must maintain three points of contact at all times with the ladder. Never over reach from a ladder
  • Only one person at a time on any ladder
  • Face the ladder at all times
  • The top of the ladder must be secured otherwise the ladder must be footed by another person at all times it is in use
  • The slope of any extension ladder must not exceed a four in one ratio (one metre out for each 4 metres in height)
  • Ladders must extend 1 metre past the landing height.
  • Do not climb higher than the third rung from the top of any ladder
  • Stepladders must have legs locked into their outermost position.
  • Do not carry excessive items whilst on the ladder.
  • Ensure ladders are erected on solid footings
  • Wear gloves, test equipment prior to commencing work.
  • Always have an electrical rescue kit available beside the switchboard/Area where the work is being performed.
  • Ensure no wires are pinched. Ensure equipment is wired correctly.
  • Follow Contract Specification, AS/NZS 3000:2007 and DOC guidelines.
  • All electrical equipment must have current test tag and be plugged into an ELCB
  • Wear appropriate PPE when operating power tools i.e.,hearing and eye protection
  • Utilise Barrows/hoists/ trolleys/team lift where possible.
  • Assess load before attempting to lift. Only lift if within your ability and use correct lifting technique.
  • If using knives in undertaking job cut away from your body and keep retainer in holder when not in use.
  • Before Trenching a ground search must be undertaken to identify all services.
  • Prolonged digging activities should be restricted to30minute periods and rotated through workers where possible
  • For works on old switchboards an assessment should be made to determine if panel is asbestos. If asbestos implement controls to minimise dust generation.
  • For tasks requiring you to enter under buildings or within roofs a separate assessment should be undertaken to identify potential hazards and control them appropriately ie. heat, pests, vermin.
  • For work in confined spaces a separate risk assessment and entry permit must be undertaken and only trained /authorised personnel are permitted to enter such a space.
  • In the event of a fire do not use a water extinguisher on the blaze. (only a CO2 or Dry Chemical type)
  • Ensure equipment works to manufactures specification.
  • Complete an Insulation Resistance Test to AS/NZS 3000:2007
  • Only remove and destroy your own personnel danger tag.
  • Never remove anyone else’s danger tag.
  • Ensure all circuits are safe and danger tags are removed before restoring power.
  • Ensure work is to AS/NZS 3000:2007 writing rules.
  • Orderly storage of materials, equipment, waste and electrical leads to be kept clear from machinery.
  • All waste must be disposed of in line with Council and EPA requirements
  • Ensure work area is clean and tidy when finished
  • Ensure all contaminated waste is removed in appropriately sealed receptacles (where applicable) Ensure all construction or demolition waste is removed from site and recycled or disposed of at an EPA approved facility- Waste Disposal Dockets to be kept on file.
  • Remove barricades and signs.
  • liaise with site representative as to the safest means for vehicles to leave the site/ grounds not at peak movement times.
  • Site person to walk/direct all vehicles through site/grounds
  • Sign off and notify r representative that site is being vacated

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.