Fertiliser Spreader Safe Work Method Statement

Fertiliser Spreader Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Fertiliser Spreader Safe Work Method Statement

Fertiliser Spreader 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 big contract or government tender - the Fertiliser Spreader Safe Work Method Statement is easy to customise, easy to use and 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 on site, save you loads of time and are very user-friendly. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.

The Fertiliser Spreader 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
  9. Operation
  10. Maintenance
  11. On completion

The Fertiliser Spreader Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Fertiliser Spreader 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. Make sure all guards are fitted, secure and in good working order. Do not operate if guards are missing or faulty.
  2. Make sure the spinner at the bottom of the fertiliser spreader is properly guarded.
  3. Make sure the hopper top and front spinning guards are in good working order.

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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 Fertiliser Spreader 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 fertiliser spreader project as needed, making sure that your Fertiliser Spreader SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Fertiliser Spreader SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own fertiliser spreader SWMS.

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

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

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

Your Fertiliser Spreader Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Fertiliser Spreader 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 Fertiliser Spreader.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with fertiliser spreader and ensure that: 

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

Fertiliser Spreader Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Spreaders usually have exposed moving parts that cannot be effectively guarded.
  • Adjusting the spreading disc must be carried out only when spreader is unattached to the tractor, or the tractor motor is turned off and the ignition key is removed to prevent starting.
  • Obtain and study MSDS of the material being spread to identify risks.
  • Always wear proper protection when handling hazardous substances.
  • Always work in well-ventilated areas and void breathing fertilizer dust.
  • Be careful of moving parts.
  • Ensure that engine is turned OFF, the PTO is disconnected and park brake is ON.
  • See SWP266 fertilisers.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.
  • Wearing P1 particulate dust mask is recommended.
  • Before starting to work on moving parts, ensure that engine is turned off and the key is removed.
  • During adjustment of spreader disc, avoid eyes and skin being exposed to fertilizer.
  • Ensure that 3-point attachment is properly adjusted and all safety pins are fitted.
  • Ensure that the drive shaft is properly attached to the PTO and the guard is secured.
  • Be careful care when lifting and emptying bags of fertilizer into the hopper.
  • When loading fine granulated material or powdered fertilizer, avoid breathing the dust.
  • If hopper is fitted with agitator assembly, do not place hands inside.
  • Disable engine to prevent movement.
  • Wearing eye and hand protection is recommended.
  • Ensure spreader is fixed securely.
  • Guards must be in place.
  • Lower the hopper to reduce lifting height.
  • Wearing P1 particulate dust mask is recommended.
  • Keep away from moving parts.
  • Until you are ready to start spreading, do not engage PTO.
  • Until ready to spread, spreader adjustment disc must remaining closed position.
  • Do not allow persons and animals in area where fertilizer is being spread.
  • Before attempting to remove build-ups or clearing blockage, turn PTO off.
  • To refill hopper or to adjust feed, lower hopper to ground and disengage PTO.
  • For carrying out field adjustments, lower support or hopper in raised position.
  • Preferably, do not spread powder fertilizers in windy conditions.
  • Prevent bystanders from entering area.
  • Keep away from moving parts.
  • Observe proper lifting practices.
  • Ensure that unit will not fall.
  • Wearing goggles and dust mask is recommended.
  • Before carrying out work, lower spreader, and disable engine and drive.
  • Before disassembling the spreader unit, remove spreader totally from tractor.
  • Empty the hopper and wash to remove dust and residue from spreader.
  • Inspect all screws, bolts, etc., replace or retighten if missing or loose.
  • Follow the manual for lubricating the machine, and wipe off excess grease or oil.
  • Ensure that engine is turned OFF, PTO disconnected and park brake is ON.
  • Before refilling with fertilizer, ensure all parts have dried completely.

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.