Floor Scrubber Safe Work Method Statement

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

Floor Scrubber Safe Work Method Statement

Floor Scrubber 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 Floor Scrubber 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 onsite, save you loads of time and are very user-friendly. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.

The Floor Scrubber 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. Pre-start checks
  9. Handling and transport
  10. Operation
  11. Cleaning and maintenance
  12. Battery and charger
  13. On completion

The Floor Scrubber Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Floor Scrubber 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. You should wear safety goggles to protect your eyes and people with sensitive ears also may wear ear plugs while using this equipment.
  2. You are also advised to wear non-slip shoes as scrubbers leave floors slippery.
  3. Operators are recommended to wear their safety belts while using the equipment. These belts workers them from falling off the machine and getting injured.

Floor Scrubber Safe Work Method Statement

  • High quality and ready to use Floor Scrubber Safe Work Method Statement.
  • Instant Delivery.
  • Fully editable Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Template.
  • Easy to use - no fuss customisation.
  • Referenced to AS/NZS (Standards) and Legislation. 
Need to edit your
Floor Scrubber Safe Work Method Statement
$ 96.80 AUD
$ 96.80 AUD
Buy now

5 SWMS Pack

$86.50 each
$ 432.50 AUD
$ 432.50 AUD
Buy now

10 SWMS Pack

$76.50 each
$ 765.00 AUD
$ 765.00 AUD
Buy now

20 SWMS Pack

$65.50ea
$ 1,310.00 AUD
$ 1,310.00 AUD
Buy now

50 SWMS Pack

$55.50 each
$ 2,275.00 AUD
$ 2,275.00 AUD
Buy now

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 Floor Scrubber 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 floor scrubber project as needed, making sure that your Floor Scrubber SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Floor Scrubber SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own floor scrubber SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Floor Scrubber 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 Floor Scrubber. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using floor scrubber and ensure that:

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

Floor Scrubber Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Before use, check if the scrubber and leads are tested and a current tag is present at plug end.
  • Check out the full length of lead for any crushing damage or cuts.
  • Use circuits protected by a safety switch or an RCD for powering electrical equipment.
  • Do not allow unauthorised entry into area of work.
  • Never use if out-of-test.
  • Never use a lead if found faulty.
  • Never use on unprotected circuit.
  • No entry signs must be posted at the entrance of work areas.
  • Check for missing screws, loose or faults in housing, handles and casing.
  • Check the brushes in the brush head are in good and working condition and turn freely on spindles.
  • Make sure the brushes are of the proper type for the surfaces to be washed.
  • Check for wear or faults on brushes as this may affect the operation of the scrubber in use.
  • Make sure the power extension used is of the industrial type, tagged and in proper condition.
  • Check the fill level of the solution tank is filled with the correct detergent suitable for the surface to be cleaned, refill as necessary.
  • Check the fill level of the recovery tank, empty as necessary.
  • When handling cleaning agents and chemicals, observe the precautions listed on the MSDS.
  • Faulty parts must be either repaired or replaced.
  • Do not use if found faulty.
  • When replacing brushes, observe the manufacturer's manual.
  • Before use, inspect the leads for damage. Or check the battery indicator if the scrubber is on battery.
  • Check the sealing strips on the squeegee.
  • Check filters and seals in working condition.
  • It is recommended to wear eye and hand protection when handling chemicals.
  • Before attempting to move the machine, make sure the transport wheels are in contact with the floor and the handle is in upright position.
  • Tip the brush head up from the floor.
  • To reduce weight of machine when lifting, do not fill tank until ready to use.
  • To prevent injury when handling or lifting, obtain assistance or use other means.
  • When transporting, secure machine to prevent movements.
  • To avoid damage to brushes, never drag machine across floors.
  • After filling tank, turn tap ON.
  • Proper handling practices must be observed.
  • Tie down or secure the machine properly by straps.
  • Floor scrubbers must be used according to the instruction given by the manufacturer.
  • Never force the machine, allow it to move forward at its own pace.
  • For ride-on scrubber, drive slowly on wet surfaces. Never use the machine on sloping surfaces.
  • When driving the machine, pay attention to third persons, especially children.
  • Never use the machine to transport other people or heavy objects
  • Wet floors and metal surfaces such as escalators, may be slippery; be careful when walking on them.
  • When refilling detergent tank, do not allow undiluted cleaning chemicals to contact skin and eyes.
  • Before refilling the clean water tank, always ensure the wastewater tank is emptied.
  • Do not use the machine to clean hazardous, inflammable or explosive fluids, dust or substances.
  • Proper handling practices must be observed.
  • Before repopulating the area, make sure the floor scrubbing is completed and the floor is dry.
  • Always remove the key/switch off the main switch after use.
  • Before starting to clean or maintain the machine, ensure the power supply is disconnected.
  • When cleaning the inside surfaces, axles, and brushes, do not allow contact with chemicals.
  • When washing exterior of the machine, do not let water enter the electric motor.
  • Before working on moving parts of machine, make sure the machine is disconnected.
  • For handling sharp edges, wearing gloves is recommended.
  • Preferably, wipe down, In place of hosing down.
  • Inspect/check the electrical equipment of the machine at regular intervals.
  • Clear up any defects immediately, such as loose connections or damaged cables
  • Never lay any metallic objects or tools on batteries - risk of short circuit!

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.