Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement

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Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement

Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Looking to start work on site? Or maybe you're just looking to make your workplace safer, or possibly you're going for that next Government Tender - Either way, the Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is comprehensive, easy to understand and is designed to be implemented into your business with as little fuss as possible.

Look, we understand business can be hard enough as it is without all the red tape, often written in language only a martian would understand. That's why every Safe Work Method Statement Template is written in an easy to understand format, while at the same time being some of the highest quality in the industry. Our SWMS documents get you on site, save you loads of time and are easy to use. This way, you can get on with doing what you do best.


The Plasma Cutter Hand Held 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. Pre-start checks
  9. Set-up
  10. Operation
  11. On completion

The Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Plasma Cutter Hand Held 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.

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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 Plasma Cutter Hand Held 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 plasma cutter hand held project as needed, making sure that your Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own plasma cutter hand held SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the plasma cutter hand held work is completed. Where the Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement, the Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Plasma Cutter Hand Held
  • 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 Plasma Cutter Hand Held 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 Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to plasma cutter hand held work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Plasma Cutter HandHeld and their health and safety representatives who represented that workgroup at the workplace. 

When the Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the plasma cutter hand held work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Plasma Cutter Hand Held 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 Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the plasma cutter handheld work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS. 

When preparing you Plasma Cutter Hand Held 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 Plasma Cutter Hand Held.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Plasma Cutter Hand Held Training - Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Plasma Cutter Hand Held as well as any qualifications that may be required for various plasma cutter hand held projects before starting work. IfWhite 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 Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Plasma Cutter Hand Held operations and plasma cutter hand held work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Plasma Cutter Hand Held SWMS

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Plasma Cutter Hand Held Safe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Make sure that sufficient space is available to access and carry out the work always provide adequate access to work.
  • Make sure that floors and work stands, etc., are kept free of scrap and debris always keep work areas clear.
  • Avoid running hoses and leads across aisles and walkways store hoses and leads safely.
  • Place screens around work area to contain sparks and molten metal never allow unauthorised access.
  • Select machines with safety features such as safeguards against accidental arcing and which provide an advance warning before arc is initiated always make sure body parts are away from nozzle before initiating arc.
  • Inspect all the consumables on cutting torch (e.g.,electrode, nozzle, etc.) to make sure that they are in good working order before commencing cutting.
  • Never use faulty equipment always replace faulty parts promptly before use.
  • Make sure that cutting speed and thickness of material to be cut will not exceed the rated duty cycle of the machine never overload the machine.
  • Select cutting torch that will allow good visibility when cutting select proper amperage and cutting speed.
  • Always provide filtered air supply to machine to remove oil and water check in-line filters regularly to make sure of the quality of air for cutting.
  • Make sure that air pressure is proper for cutting operation to be carried out always replace worn or faulty parts promptly.
  • Make sure that nozzle and electrode are properly fitted and in place properly.
  • Make sure that work lead has a good connection to a clean portion of the work always check condition of earth clamp.
  • Plasma cutter will generate molten metal at cutting position wearing long sleeves, trousers, apron, boots and gloves is necessary.
  • Face shield or goggles (shade #7-#9) must be worn when watching cutting wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Ensure cutting procedures are followed that minimise risk of blowback during cutting.
  • Keep cutting nozzle at proper distance (4-5 mm) from work while cutting use insulated drag cup if necessary to prevent contact.
  • Maintain proper cutting speed to reduce dross and poor cut appearance.

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.