Metal Roofing Safe Work Method Statement

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Metal Roofing Safe Work Method Statement

Metal Roofing 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 Metal Roofing Safe Work Method Statement is easy tocustomise, 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, and 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 Metal Roofing 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. Handling of roof sheets
  9. Valleys and flashings
  10. Cutting roof sheets
  11. Placing and fixing roof sheets
  12. Fitting ridge capping and barge caps
  13. On completion

The Metal Roofing Safe Work Method Statement, includes;


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

Your Metal Roofing 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Metal Roofing 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 Metal Roofing.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

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

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

Metal Roofing Training - Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Appropriate safe access must be provided to the work area and adequate safe means must be provided for carrying tools and materials to the work area.
  • Adequate fall protection system must be provided, if there is a possibility that a person may fall more than the allowed height, or may fall on a potentially hazardous area.
  • Suitable edge protection must be provided for preventing tools and materials from falling from a height.
  • Within the work area provide exclusion zones where objects may fall from heights.
  • Never work close to exposed live power lines or electrical wiring.
  • When handling metal components, never encroach within the safe approach distances.
  • Allow only a licensed person to carry out lifting and slinging of loads.
  • Refer SWP Working on roofs.
  • Refer SWP Working at heights.
  • Refer SWP Scaffolding.
  • Refer SWP Electrical safety.
  • Refer SWP Lifting equipment.
  • When lifting roof sheets onto roof, make sure they cannot slip.
  • If lifting sheets without containment, keep all persons clear.
  • Avoid handling and lifting of roof sheets when the conditions are windy.
  • Make sure to place sheets in an area that can support the weight of the sheets safely.
  • Sheets must be kept bundled properly, until ready to place into position.
  • For handling sheets safely on the roof and on the ground, make sure sufficient numbers of people are available.
  • For handling metal roof sheets, use non-slip cut-resistant gloves.
  • Make sure the sheets are bundled securely.
  • Wherever possible, use a box or a cage to lift.
  • Prevent wind lift by providing cover.
  • Never overload roof structures.
  • Proper lifting practices must be observed.
  • Wearing hand protection is essential.
  • Determine what flashings are required from manufacturer's data and plans.
  • To minimise the risk of handling, measure and cut sections on the ground wherever possible.
  • For applying sealant and attaching flashings and valleys, make sure there is good footing.
  • When fastening valleys and flashings using power tools, always adopt a good posture.
  • When using power tools during installation, preferably do not over-reach.
  • Follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
  • For placing and attaching valleys and flashings, preferably work from a safe location.
  • For cutting roof sheets, provide and use appropriate protective equipment.
  • For cutting sheets with power tools, wear hearing and eye protection.
  • Wherever possible, cut sheets on the ground to enable better control on the procedure.
  • Make sure that power tools such as saws and grinders have the proper blades, discs and guards in place.
  • Check all the guards, discs and blades on the power tools, before commencing use.
  • Avoid damage or cuts to the leads from discs or blade, keep the leads away from the sheets to be cut.
  • Prevent contact with sharp edges of cut sheets by wearing suitable gloves.
  • Prevent the risk of foot injury or slips by placing waste and offcuts into skip or bins.
  • Wearing cut-resistant hand protection is essential.
  • Wearing eye and hearing protection is essential.
  • Use dunnage or stands to support sheets.
  • Make sure the power tools are tagged, tested and safe to use.
  • Make sure that proper disc or blade is being used.
  • Wearing cut-resistant hand protection is essential.
  • For installation, the manufacturer's product guidance and the specific installation instructions must be followed.
  • Never cut the binding on the bundles of sheets until ready to lay them.
  • Sheets must be kept covered to prevent the wind from blowing them away or to move them.
  • Make sure there are sufficient number of people to handle the roof sheets safely.
  • Be careful of losing balance while handling sheets in windy conditions.
  • Prevent accidental movement of sheets by fixing them in position.
  • Fixings must be installed from the bottom up as this will prevent the sheets from sliding and it will also provide proper foothold while fixing.
  • When working on roofs, preferably wear footwear that has non-slip and flexible soles.
  • The instructions of the manufacturer must be followed.
  • Make sure the sheets are secured and cannot be accidentally moved.
  • Have one person for every two metres of sheet length. This is a rule of thumb.
  • Whenever handling, placing or fixing sheets, always work from a safe location.
  • Avoid working in dewy or wet conditions.
  • Materials and objects may fall during installation into areas that should be prevented entry.
  • Do not handle long lengths of material when the conditions are windy.
  • When working at heights, use work platforms that have approved edge protection.
  • Longer lengths of roof material must have sufficient number of persons to handle safely.
  • For accessing ridges when working on the roof, safe access such as ladders must be provided.
  • For accessing areas such as gable ends, safe means must be provided.
  • If access is difficult for some areas, use height reach equipment.
  • When working on roofs, preferably wear footwear that has non-slip and flexible soles.
  • Where persons are working at heights, there must be exclusion zones.
  • Refer SWP Working on roofs.
  • Refer SWP Working at heights.
  • Safe access must be provided to ridges.
  • Do not use ladders for any other purposes other than for accessing.
  • Avoid working in dewy or wet conditions.

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.