Lead-Based Paint Safe Work Method Statement

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Lead-Based Paint Safe Work Method Statement

Lead-Based Paint 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 Lead-Based Paint 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 Lead-Based Paint 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. Removal of lead-based paint
  8. General precautions employer duties
  9. Site security and containment
  10. Removal methods
  11. Clean-up and disposal of waste
  12. Storage and handling of lead-based paint
  13. Application of lead-based paint
  14. Clean-up and disposal of waste
  15. On completion

The Lead-Based Paint Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your  Lead-Based Paint 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.

Bluesafe Quick Tips:

  1. Don't eat, smoke or drink in the work area or with contaminated hands.
  2. Don't work outside on a wet or windy day, don't use an open flame torch or high temperature heat gun.
  3. Don't allow children, pregnant or nursing women in a house or area where lead-based paint is being disturbed.

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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 Lead-Based Paint 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 lead-based paint project as needed, making sure that your Lead-Based Paint SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Lead-Based Paint SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own lead-based paint SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Lead-Based Paint SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Lead-Based Paint SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the lead-based paint work is completed.Where the Lead-Based Paint SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Lead-BasedPaint Safe Work Method Statement, the Lead-Based Paint SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Lead-Based Paint Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

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

When the Lead-Based Paint SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the lead-based paint work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Lead-Based Paint 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 Lead-Based Paint SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the lead-based paintwork are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Lead-Based Paint SWMS.

When preparing your Lead-Based Paint 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 Lead-Based Paint 

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with lead-based paint and ensure that:

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

Lead-Based Paint Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Lead-Based Paint Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Implement controls where machine sanding or buffing is carried out on surfaces coated with lead containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead.
  • Carry out all work defined as a lead process by Regulations according to the Regulation, guides and approved Codes of Practice.
  • Implement controls where welding, cutting or cleaning is carried out on any metal surface coated with lead containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead.
  • Test all surfaces and layers of paint to be removed to determine if paint contains lead obtain laboratory test if presence of lead-based paint is suspected and follow instructions when using test kit.
  • Carry out a risk assessment for each job where conditions vary.
  • Assess risk for the job being carried out to determine who is at risk, the potential exposure and what controls will be implemented always test paint if doubt exists.
  • Develop a Safe Work Method Statement for the job if lead is (or is reasonably suspected to be) present in paint to be used or removed always incorporate controls as specified by the statutory authority.
  • Persons who are (or may be) exposed to lead must be instructed in the controls to be implemented, be issued with and trained in the proper use and care of PPE, and supervised to make sure that controls are carried out and are effective issue (as determined by risk assessment)disposable overalls, P2 half-face respirator, goggles and gloves.
  • Persons who may be exposed to lead must.
  • use risk controls implemented including wearing PPE, following procedures for removing contaminated clothing and washing and showering (including hair) before leaving work
  • not eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or carry cigarettes, tobacco, etc.
  • remove any contaminated clothing or PPE before entering an area designated for eating or drinking
  • wash face and hands before eating, drinking or smoking.
  • Wear (as determined by risk assessment) disposable overalls,P2 half-face respirator, goggles and gloves.
  • Never allow eating, drinking or smoking in areas where lead-based paints are being used or removed.
  • Work areas where lead-based paints or coatings are to be removed must be secured from entry to persons not authorised to be in the area use barriers and warning signs to restrict entry to authorised persons only.
  • Cover vegetation and ground with plastic sheeting extending 2 metres plus an additional metre for each storey to catch dust and debris make sure that all vegetation and soil is protected against contamination.
  • Use tarpaulin or plastic sheeting to prevent dust affecting neighbouring properties advise neighbours to keep doors and windows closed if drift is possible.
  • Close windows and doors to prevent dust from entering interior of building avoid working in windy conditions.
  • Remove all furniture, rugs, curtains, food, clothing and other household items remove all soft furnishings, rugs, etc.
  • Cover floor with double plastic sheeting taped to skirting boards.
  • Cover entrances to work area with overlapping plastic sheeting taped to jambs make sure that all surfaces which could be contaminated are protected if possible.
  • Turn off air conditioners and cover and seal doors and air ducts.
  • Make sure paint is wet properly to prevent spread of paint flakes flowing removal wearing gloves and P2 respirator is essential.
  • Use plastic drop sheet with edges raised (e.g., with wooden studs) to collect water collect paint debris properly.
  • Wet paint properly before and during sanding to prevent dust being produced wearing gloves and P2 respirator is essential.
  • Use plastic drop sheet with edges raised (eg, with wooden studs) to collect water wash down surfaces to remove residue.
  • Use sander fitted with HEPA vacuum attachment for removing lead-based paint wearing disposable overalls, P2 half-face respirator, goggles and gloves is essential.
  • Make sure shroud extends beyond surface being sanded and that sander is kept flat.
  • Make sure adequate ventilation of area during application of chemical strippers wearing disposable overalls, P2 half-face respirator, goggles and gloves is essential.
  • Follow precautions for sanding when removing residue after stripping.
  • Only use enough heat to soften paint avoid overheating and smoke generation.
  • Scrape softened paint directly into disposable container to avoid further sanding wearing disposable overalls, P2 half-face respirator, goggles and gloves is essential.
  • Vacuum ALL surfaces with industrial vacuum cleaner fitted with HEPA filter never use broom, compressed air or vacuum cleaner without HEPA filter.
  • Wet clean hard surfaces using carpet steam cleaner or wet mopping several times.
  • Use spray bottle to wet dust and debris before taking up plastic sheeting place plastic sheeting, cloths and mops in sealed heavy-duty plastic bags.
  • Wipe down all surfaces in work area with sugar soap on a damp cloth.
  • Clean all tools and PPE with water and sugar soap and allow to dry.
  • Remove contaminated clothing before leaving area and place in plastic bag wash contaminated clothing separately (preferably professionally).
  • Transport debris and solid waste to an approved waste disposal facility check with local council re disposal.
  • Clearly label all containers of lead-based paint with their contents.
  • Store paint according to hazardous materials storage requirements store hazardous materials in bunded storage cabinet or liquids storage.
  • Wearing hand protection is necessary when handling paint to avoid skin contact wear impervious gloves.
  • Implement controls where spray painting with lead-based paint containing more than 1% by dry weight of lead is carried out make sure that a current MSDS is readily available for the actual product used.
  • Make sure that area is secured against entry and sealed to prevent paint spray drift wearing disposable overalls, P2 half-face respirator, goggles and gloves is essential.
  • Consider use of direct application (e.g., brush or roller)to avoid spray drift.
  • Place contaminated plastic drop sheets, cloths, brushes, rollers, etc., in sealed heavy-duty plastic bags for disposal at an approved waste disposal facility - check with local authority regarding disposal of contaminated containers.

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.