Jacks And Vehicle Stands Safe Work Method Statement

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Jacks And Vehicle Stands Safe Work Method Statement

Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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 Jacks and Vehicle Stands 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 Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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 on site conditions
  4. Set up work area
  5. Temporary Traffic Control (TMP)
  6. Delivery of materials and equipment
  7. Selection
  8. Inspection
  9. Setting up
  10. Raising
  11. Lowering
  12. Storage
  13. On completion

The Jacks And Vehicle Stands Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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. Never get under a car that is only supported by a jack, particularly one with a poor grip or on inadequate blocks or props.
  2. When doing work under your car, use a trolley jack to raise the car up before lowering it onto the vehicle stands.
  3. Never place any part of your body under a vehicle unless it is sitting securely on vehicle stands or ramps.

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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 Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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 jacks and vehicle stands project as needed, making sure that your Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own jacks and vehicle stands SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the jacks and vehicle stands work is completed. Where the Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Jacks And Vehicle Stands Safe Work Method Statement, the Jacks AndVehicle Stands SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident. 

Your Jacks And Vehicle Stands Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

Your Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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 Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to jacks and vehicle stands work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Jacks And Vehicle Stands and their health and safety representatives who represented that workgroup at the workplace.

When the Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the jacks and vehicle stands work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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 Jacks And Vehicle Stands SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the jacks and vehicle stands work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Jacks And VehicleStands SWMS. 

When preparing your Jacks And Vehicle Stands 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 Jacks And Vehicle Stands.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with and around jacks and vehicle stands and ensure that:

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

Jacks And Vehicle Stands Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Jacks And Vehicle Stands Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Make sure the safe working load capacity of the stand or jack is adequate for the task to be carried out.
  • Make sure the load to be lifted makes full contact with the mating surface of the jack or stand.
  • Make sure the working load limit of the jack or stand is more than the weight of the object being lifted.
  • Inspect for signs of leakage of fluid in hydraulic units.
  • Inspect for impact damage, distortion or cracks in mechanical types.
  • Faulty units must be serviced.
  • Never use faulty equipment.
  • Ensure the lifting point of the jack fits the object being lifted. If necessary, use a rubber pad or a similar adaptor for ensuring a good contact.
  • Make sure the jack is seated on a level, firm surface, and makes a full contact with the supporting surface.
  • Make sure the jack is standing on a support surface free from oil or grease.
  • Never use packing under stands or jacks.
  • Wherever possible, avoid using a metal-to-metal contact.
  • Clean the surface before setting up.
  • When raising a vehicle, chock the wheels on the axle not being lifted.
  • If the object is liable to move, arrange for preventing movement while being lifted.
  • Never make jerky or sudden movements while rising, use a steady manner when raising.
  • After the object has been raised to the desired height, place stands under the load and lower the jack. The object should be supported by the stands alone.
  • Before placing weight on the stands, make sure that locking devices are in place.
  • Never place any part of the body under a vehicle or object that is supported by jacks.
  • Do not work under a vehicle or object that is supported solely by a jack.
  • Take the weight off stands by raising the object using jacks. The stands may now be removed from under the object.
  • Lower the object gently using the jack.
  • Before removing the jack from under the object, make sure there is no load on the jack.
  • Never place any part of the body under a vehicle or object that is supported solely by jacks.
  • Never remove the jack using force.
  • Before retracting, make sure the rams are cleaned of dirt, etc. Before storing, jacks must be fully lowered.
  • For eliminating pressure on hydraulic seals, leave the valve open.
  • While storing jacks, place them in their operating upright position.
  • Clean the screws, pinions and racks from grease, excess oil, dirt and mud.
  • Before storing in a safe area, moving parts must be oiled lightly, and excess oil wiped off.
  • After use, always clean tools and equipment. 

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.