Guillotine Metal Safe Work Method Statement

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Guillotine Metal Safe Work Method Statement

Guillotine Metal 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 Guillotine Metal 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 Guillotine Metal 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. TemporaryTraffic Control (TMP)
  6. Delivery of materials and equipment
  7. General precautions
  8. Setting up
  9. Operation
  10. Maintenance
  11. On completion

The Guillotine Metal Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Guillotine Metal 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. Take care during the initial feeding of the work piece into the machine.
  2. Ensure body parts; particularly arms, hands and fingers are clear when operating the guillotine.
  3. The metal work piece should always be held sufficiently far back from the edge being fed into the guillotine.

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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 Guillotine Metal 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 guillotine metal project as needed, making sure that your Guillotine Metal SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Guillotine Metal SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own guillotine metal SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Guillotine Metal 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 Guillotine Metal.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Guillotine Metal Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Machines must be fitted with mechanical guards and safety features such as presence sensors.
  • Access to rear of the guillotine must be interlocked or guarded photo-electrically to prevent access during operation of the machine.
  • Passageways, aisles, etc., at the rear of guillotines should be fenced securely for protecting passers-by from injury from off-cuts and cutting processes.
  • When cut pieces of thicker metal sections fall, harmful noise levels could be created.
  • Fingers and hands must be kept clear.
  • Rear of guillotine must be made non-accessible by providing interlocked fence-type guard.
  • Wearing hearing protection in the area is recommended.
  • Before commencing any adjustments or setup, de-energise machine.
  • Do not allow anyone to the rear of the machine when in operation.
  • Rear of the machine must be kept clear of waste material and off-cuts.
  • Be careful when working in restricted spaces.
  • Keep clear when machine is in operation.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • Wearing leather gloves is recommended.
  • When large or heavy items are to be moved, obtain assistance or use mechanical aids.
  • Make sure work material is adequately supported on the table and secured.
  • When cutting material, keep hands well clear of blade and clamp.
  • Shut down the machine or lock out to prevent accidental operation, before accessing rear of machine for removing cur material.
  • Proper handling procedures must be followed.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • Wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • For handling sharp or rough objects, wearing leather gloves is recommended.
  • Before commencing work on machine, lockout and isolate power supply.
  • At specified intervals, lubricate machine using recommended lubricants
  • When bolts are removed, use timber packing to prevent blades from falling.
  • For lifting larger blades into and out of mounts, obtain assistance.
  • Make sure that bolts are tightened to the correct torque, recheck blade for straightness and make sure correct clearances are provided over the entire length.
  • The hydraulic system must be inspected regularly for leaks and top-up oil if required.
  • Before carrying out any maintenance work, de-energise machine.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • Wearing cut-resistant gloves is recommended.
  • Proper manual handling procedures must be adopted

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.