Food Premises Safe Work Method Statement

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Food Premises Safe Work Method Statement

Food Premises 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 Food Premises 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 Food Premises 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. Storage
  8. Handling
  9. Transport
  10. Use
  11. Spills and leaks
  12. Disposal
  13. On completion

The Food Premises Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Food Hygiene 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. Cook, properly cooking food minimises the risk of food poisoning.
  2. Clean workspace thoroughly, the health of the patrons is in your hands.
  3. Store food properly, for example, chill food that is meant to be kept chilled.

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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 Food Premises 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 food premises project as needed, making sure that your Food Premises SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Food Premises SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own food premises SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Food Premises 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 Food Premises. 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working on food premises and ensure that:

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

Food Premises Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Fuel should be kept in a cool, well-ventilated place, preferably protected from weather and unauthorised access never allow unauthorised entry.
  • All sources of ignition are to be eliminated from fuel storage areas never allow smoking or ignition sources.
  • Decanting and mixing of fuel should be carried out in a well-ventilated area.
  • Provide earthing straps to eliminate build-up of static electricity never allow smoking or ignition sources.
  • Avoid direct touching petrol on skin wear PVC gloves and apron.
  • Avoid splashing of fuel, and avoid getting petrol or fuel in eyes wear eye protection.
  • Make sure that containers are earthed to prevent static build up during transport label all containers clearly with the contents of the container.
  • Never convey fuel in passenger compartment of vehicles never allow smoking or ignition sources.
  • Fuel containers are to be secured from movement or accidental damage.
  • If carried in a secure compartment, adequate means of ventilation is to be provided (e.g., roof ventilator, grille vent, etc.) always carry suitable fire extinguishers on the vehicle.
  • Refuel equipment and tools in a clear area away from vehicles, etc. make sure suitable fire extinguishers are available near the refuelling area.
  • Shut down machinery, and allow to cool down before refuelling.
  • Use funnel or pourer to refuel, avoid spills and over filling never allow touching skin and eyes.
  • Eliminate all ignition sources from refuelling area never allow smoking or ignition sources.
  • Notify emergency services if threat to persons, property or the environment.
  • Prevent further spill or leak if possible, and only if safe to do so provide suitable spill controls.
  • Eliminate all ignition sources from spill area, evacuate area if necessary do not allow smoking or ignition sources.
  • Prevent spill from entering drains and watercourses coverall inlets and block drains.
  • If large spill, appropriate personal protective equipment will be required for persons entering area (persons must be specifically trained in procedures to follow in cases of spills of flammable liquids)provide PVC gloves, apron and eye protection in case of minor spills.
  • Soak up spill if possible.
  • (Note material used to soak up spill will also be highly flammable, and must be handled and disposed of as fuel).
  • Never allow re-entry into area until spill is cleaned up fully and area has been decontaminated.
  • Trained persons must wear body protection (gas suit), PVC gloves, boots, respirator fitted with appropriate gas filter or self-contained breathing apparatus.
  • Dispose of waste fuel or spill residue properly at an approved chemical waste recycling or disposal facility.
  • Never dispose of in landfill, or allow entry into drains or watercourses.
  • Label all waste containers properly with the contents of the container.

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.