Fire Prevention Safe Work Method Statement

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Fire Prevention Safe Work Method Statement

Fire Prevention 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 Fire Prevention 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 Fire Prevention 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. Combustion process
  8. Identifying fire risks
  9. Controlling risks
  10. Active prevention
  11. Passive prevention
  12. Administrative controls
  13. Education and training
  14. On completion

The Fire Prevention Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Fire Prevention 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. Get some smoke detectors, put a smoke detector, ideally in every room and level of your workspace.
  2. Talk with all workplace staff about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  3. If a fire occurs in your workplace; get out, stay out and call for help.

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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 Fire Prevention 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 fire prevention project as needed, making sure that your Fire Prevention SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Fire Prevention SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own fire prevention SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Fire Prevention 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 Fire Prevention.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with fire prevention and ensure that:

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

Fire Prevention Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • For a fire to exist, all three components of the fire triangle must be present.
  • Fire prevention requires that at least one of the components is absent.
  • Fire extinguishing relies on one or more components being removed.
  • To allow development of fire prevention plans and emergency procedures, all flammable and combustible materials in the workplace must be identified and assessed identify and control all possible ignition sources.
  • Provide suitable extinguishing controls in fire risk areas.
  • Assess all fire risk materials to determine their degree of flammability (i.e., propensity to ignite and burn) obtain MSDS for all hazardous or flammable materials.
  • Assess impact of fire risk goods on combustible materials to determine whether higher risk of fire will exist when goods are in combination store fire risk goods away from combustible materials.
  • Combustible materials will pose lesser fire risk due to higher ignition temperatures and lesser ability to burn without assistance use materials with lower flammability where possible.
  • Store flammable gases and liquids in well-ventilated areas statutory requirements for storage of flammable gases and flammable and combustible liquids must be observed.
  • Where possible, limit quantity of materials to operational requirements only.
  • Make sure that methods to close off or restrict fuel sources are provided.
  • Identify pipeline and tank contents including location of controls (valves, etc.).
  • Provide adequate bunding for liquid storages to contain a leak or spill.
  • Use standard labels to identify pipeline and tank contents.
  • Never store oxidising agents with fire risk dangerous goods.
  • if artificial oxygenation of the air in a fire zone is identified, implement a means of shutting off oxygen or air to a fire shut off valves must be readily accessible in emergency.
  • Use signs to identify shut-offs.
  • Control combustion rate and spread of fire by providing smoke control systems.
  • Where possible, use non-sparking tools and materials in fire risk areas use non-ferrous tool to prevent sparking.
  • Eliminate all sources of static electricity, sparking and open flames provide static control systems on all decanting and delivery facilities. Provide anti-static straps.
  • Provide emergency switching to allow electricity to be controlled remotely - use signs to identify switches.
  • Work methods should make sure that use of flammables is minimised consider risk hierarchy when specifying products for use.
  • Implement methods that minimise risk of spill or leak of flammables.
  • Implement work processes that minimise release of gas or vapours minimise quantities used.
  • Assess work methods to make sure that all ignition sources are eliminated, or if not practicable, minimised to the extent possible consider all possible ignition sources when assessing risk.
  • Implement work procedures which minimise risk of ignition.
  • Implement hot work permit systems in areas where fire risk is identified and ignition sources could be introduced through other work processes hot work permits should specify controls, including safety watch following completion of work.
  • Install fire detection systems (heat and/or smoke detectors)in all locations where a risk assessment has identified a risk of fire.
  • Install detectors in all areas where fire or smoke may be present, including exhaust systems and return air ducting.
  • Detection systems must be capable of raising a local alarm at least, and should preferably be directly connected to emergency services.
  • Alarm systems must provide a two-stage alert, except where an immediate evacuation may be necessary due to the nature of the risks present system should allow for automatic transition to evacuation mode if alert is unattended.
  • Provide fire suppression systems with adequate warning to allow full evacuation of the affected area before suppression agent is released make sure that adequate escape routes are provided to eliminate risk of persons being trapped.
  • Suppression systems must be designed and constructed to make sure that re-ignition cannot occur after fire is extinguished.
  • Prohibit activities that introduce ignition sources in risk areas never allow smoking, flames or static ignition sources.
  • Clearly advise prohibited activities to all persons entering area.
  • Maintain sufficient buffer space between possible ignition sources and fire risk areas clearly signpost the buffer zone.
  • Workplaces should be kept clean to prevent build-up of fuel instruct all workers in the need for and methods to apply to achieve satisfactory housekeeping.
  • Regularly clean all bins and receptacles for rubbish, especially where risk assessment has identified risk of spontaneous combustion.
  • Make sure that workplace procedures minimise the risk of fire or ignition due to poor housekeeping procedures are followed.
  • Advise safe work procedures to everyone in workplace.
  • Instruct all persons in a workplace the procedures to follow in case of emergency, and use of fire-fighting appliances emergency procedures must cover all possible emergencies.
  • Instruct all persons in emergency procedures at least annually document all training.
  • Emergency procedures should cover means of raising alarm, methods and routes of site evacuation, and post-emergency assembly areas, etc.make sure procedures are updated when workplace changes occur.

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.