Floor Sweeper Ride-On Safe Work Method Statement

Floor Sweeper Ride-On Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Floor Sweeper Ride-On Safe Work Method Statement

Floor Sweeper Ride-On 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 Sweeper Ride-On 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 Sweeper Ride-On 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. Pre-start checks
  8. Operation
  9. Battery maintenance
  10. Cleaning and maintenance
  11. On completion

The Floor Sweeper Ride-On Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Floor Sweeper Ride-On 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.

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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 Floor Sweeper Ride-On 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 sweeper ride-on project as needed, making sure that your Floor Sweeper Ride-On SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Floor Sweeper Ride-On SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own floor sweeper ride-on SWMS.

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

  • Details of the person(s) responsible for making sure implementation, monitoring and compliance of the Floor Sweeper Ride-On SWMS as well as any reviews and modifications.
  • Any information detailing safety meetings or toolbox talks in relation to floor sweeper ride-on work, scheduled in accordance with legislative requirements to first identify any site hazards where the floor sweeper ride-on 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 sweeper ride-on work being done.
  • Any changes added to the Floor Sweeper Ride-On SWMS after an incident or a near miss.

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

Your Floor Sweeper Ride-On Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

Your Floor Sweeper Ride-On 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 Sweeper Ride-On SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Floor Sweeper Ride-On SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to floor sweeper ride-on 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 Sweeper Ride-On and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Floor Sweeper Ride-On SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the floor sweeper ride-on work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Floor Sweeper Ride-On 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 FloorSweeper Ride-On SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the floor sweeper ride-on work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Floor Sweeper Ride-OnSWMS. 

When preparing your Floor Sweeper Ride-On 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 Sweeper Ride-On. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with floor sweeper and ensure that:

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

Floor Sweeper Ride-OnTraining and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Make sure that all covers are properly fitted to the machine, and not loose.
  • Inspect all the brooms, check wheels and tyres.
  • Check operation of all controls, steering, lights, horn and brakes.
  • Make sure that battery is fully charged before commencing work.
  • Check oil and fuel levels before starting, top up if necessary and avoid spills wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Use funnel or pourer to add fuel slowly to avoid overflow do not allow smoking or open flames.
  • Make sure that area to be swept has no obstructions and or obstacles.
  • Anti-clockwise rotation of front broom gives better results if sweeping is also done in an anti-clockwise direction.
  • Sweeping action may result in dust being stirred up into air where large quantities of dust are present wearing P1 particulate dust mask is necessary.
  • This type of floor sweeper is not designed for use with toxic or harmful dusts, such as asbestos never use for toxic or harmful dusts.
  • Be careful when removing and emptying dust collection hopper ensure proper manual handling procedures are followed.
  • Obtain assistance if hopper is too heavy for a safe one-person lift.
  • Never allow any person to stand in front of hopper when raising to empty check for the presence of other persons before raising.
  • Make sure that hopper is positioned completely over bin before tipping to empty.
  • Check battery fluid levels at intervals as specified in the operator’s manual wearing eye and hand protection is necessary.
  • Avoid getting battery fluid on hands or clothing, or in eyes never allow smoking or open flames.
  • Check that battery terminals are clean and clips are firmly attached to terminals.
  • Top up battery with distilled water only after charging is completed never overfill battery.
  • Isolate battery at switch before disconnecting terminals to change battery always make sure proper battery is fitted.
  • Check that battery fluid is covering plates before charging add only enough water to cover plates for charging, and replace caps before charging. Use approved charger only to charge batteries.
  • Connect charger to battery before switching on, and switch charger off before removing connections avoid arcing and sparking when connecting leads.
  • Repairs should be referred to agent, an authorised small engine repairer or an authorised auto-electrician do not allow unauthorised persons to carry out any repair work on sweepers.
  • Refer other repairs and parts to agent or repairer nominated by agent.
  • Carry out cleaning of filter elements according to manufacturer’s instructions wearing P1 particulate dust mask, eye and hand protection is necessary.

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.