Glass Installation And On-Site Glazing Safe Work Method Statement (Glazier)

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Glass Installation And On-Site Glazing Safe Work Method Statement (Glazier)

Glass Installation And On-Site Glazing (Glazier) 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 Glass Installation and On-Site Glazing (Glazier) 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 Glass Installation And On-Site Glazing (Glazier) 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. Public safety
  9. Transport
  10. Handling and movement
  11. Breakages and disposal
  12. On completion

The Glass Installation And On-Site Glazing Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Glass Installation And On-Site Glazing 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. Use proper lifting and moving techniques and hold the glass firmly in your hands.
  2. Always wear safety glasses with side shields and gloves when moving or handling glass.
  3. Inspect the glass before moving it and installing it to ensure there isn't any damage that may cause spontaneous glass breakage.

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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 Your Own Glazing Safe Work Method Statement

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Glazing SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own Glass Installation or Glazing SWMS, below are a few ideas to help.

If you're looking to write your own Glazing 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 glass installation or glazing project as needed, making sure that your Glazing SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

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

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

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

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

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

Your Glazing SWMS should clearly define any of the above high risk construction work being undertaken.

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

Your Glazing SWMS should clearly define any of the above high risk machinery or equipment in operation.

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

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

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

When preparing your Glazing 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 Glass Installation and Glazing.

When writing your Glazing SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for conducting glass installation and glazing, in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

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

Your Glass Installation and Glazing Safe Work Method Statement should clearly outline the planning and preparation process before starting work.

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

  • A risk assessment of the glass installation or glazing work is conducted
  • Suitable access and adequate space to conduct glass installation or glazing work safely
  • Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting glass installation or glazing work
  • Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Glazing SWMS details
  • If conducting glass installation and glazing at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  • Check that the work environment is suitable for glass installation or glazing work

Glass Installation and Glazing SWMS

Glass Installation and Glazing Training - Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when writing your own Glazing Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Be careful when handling glass. Cut glass has sharp edges, which may pose a risk of injury to hands, feet and body.
  • The fractured zone of glass can send splinters and sharp slivers of glass flying, presenting high risk of eye injury.
  • Wearing protective footwear, gauntlets or wrist protection and cut-resistant gloves is necessary.
  • Wearing eye protection should be mandatory.
  • Prevent unauthorised access to exclusive zones around the workplace.
  • Make sure the work space has sufficient space to avoid breakage and injury.
  • Be careful when moving or handling glass sheet in public areas.
  • Make sure there is adequate means to remove and contain debris.
  • Prevent entry into work areas by placing signs and barricades.
  • When moving glass, control movement of public.
  • Suitable equipment must be provided.
  • When carrying glass in vehicles, make sure there are insulated frames to hold the glass securely to disallow movement of the sheets.
  • Always carry glass sheets in vertical or nearly vertical position.
  • Never unload glass on sloping ground where there is a reduction on safe lean on the load.
  • When lifting heavy sheets on to and off vehicles, use mechanical aids.
  • Provide all vehicles with necessary tools to clean up and remove breakages occurring during transport and delivery.
  • During transport, make sure the glass is secured from any kind of movement.
  • Always carry bins, tools and PPE for cleaning up after breakages.
  • Check all vacuum cups for damage or wear as this could affect sealing.
  • Make sure of using proper lifting cups and frames to match the weight of sheet.
  • Before lifting sheet, make sure all vacuum cups are properly attached.
  • When moving or handling large sheets of glass, obtain assistance.
  • For moving sheets of plate glass, use rolling racks or handling dollies.
  • Use cut-resistant ‘grip’ type gloves when handling glass
  • When handling full sheets of glass, always wear protection for arms and wrists.
  • Do not move or handle glass sheets when the weather is wet or windy as there could be a loss of control.
  • Faulty cups should be replaced immediately.
  • The frame should have its WWL marked.
  • Before actually moving perform a check lift.
  • Proper lifting practices must be observed.
  • Mechanical aids should be provided and used.
  • Wearing cut-resistant gloves and wrist protection or gauntlets should be mandatory.
  • Wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Further breakage can be avoided if large portions of broken glass is picked up by hands.
  • Small pieces of broken glass may be picked up using shovels or other implements.
  • Fragments, splinters and dust can be removed by sweeping or vacuum cleaning the area.
  • Dispose broken glass by placing in metal or similar container.
  • Dispose broken and scrap glass by keeping away from other waste material and disposing at approved glass recycling facilities.
  • If glass waste is contaminated, it should be wrapped up and disposed in approved landfill facilities.
  • For handling scrap or broken glass, wearing hand protection is necessary.
  • Wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Clean up all work areas thoroughly and ensure there are no offcuts, debris or waste materials left within the vicinity of the work area.

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