Powder Coating Safe Work Method Statement

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Powder Coating Safe Work Method Statement

Powder Coating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to start work on site, looking to make your workplace safer or going for a Local Council Tender, the Powder Coating (Sandblasting) Safe Work Method Statement is completely comprehensive, easy to use and easy to implement into your business.

Look, we understand the challenges that many business owners face, let alone having to understand complicated safety documentation written in a language that nobody understands. 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 Powder Coating 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. Storage and handling of powder
  8. General precautions
  9. Preparation of work
  10. Coating of work
  11. Handling of hot items
  12. On completion

The Powder Coating Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Powder Coating 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 Powder Coating 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 powder coating project as needed, making sure that your Powder Coating SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Powder Coating SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own powder coating SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Powder Coating 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 Powder Coating.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when excavating and ensure that:

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

Powder Coating Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Ensure storage racks allow good access to minimise risk of injury when placing or removing boxes of powder in storage areas ensure proper handling procedures are followed.
  • Always store powder in a cool dry area away from direct sunlight make sure storage allows for rotation of stock (i.e., FIFO).
  • Keep floors in storage area clean from spilt powder to prevent slips and falls.
  • Make sure floors in areas where powder is applied is kept clean of powder consider using non-slip floor or work surface.
  • Separate the conveyor systems from other work areas by barriers, or affected areas identified by floor markings and warning signs make sure that walkways are away from moving machinery and parts.
  • Avoid splashing and touching chemicals used in cleaning process wearing eye, hand & body protection is necessary.
  • Make sure that emergency washing facility is available.
  • Make sure forklifts are using reversing beeper, horn, flashing lights wearing high visibility garment is necessary.
  • Make sure that storages of powder are arranged to minimise risk of injury when placing or removing cartons on storage racks. Use trolleys to transport. Minimise manual handling risks. Ensure proper handling procedures are followed.
  • Inspect all the machinery for electrical faults before use never use faulty equipment.
  • Carry out noise assessments of powder coating process areas wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Ensure work pieces are free of chemical residue and dry before handling wearing liquid-proof hand protection is necessary.
  • Clean hooks frequently to maintain a good earth.
  • Be careful when removing and replacing hooks on moving conveyor wearing eye protection is necessary. Provide emergency eyewash.
  • Provide assistance when loading heavy or large items.
  • Make sure that persons will not be placed at risk of injury when placing work on conveyor lines ensure proper handling procedures are followed.
  • Provide adequate working space to safely handle items on conveyors always keep work areas clear.
  • Use static lines to create a static -free work environment always use powered respiratory helmet or dust mask/respirator.
  • Powder is harmful if inhaled. Always provide a well-ventilated work environment or spray booth for application of powder wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Powder may irritate skin. Full body protection is necessary must be worn wearing Tyvek overalls or similar is necessary.
  • DO NOT wear gloves while powder coating always use non greasy barrier cream.
  • Remove powder residue on floor to prevent slips also provide non slip mat.
  • Always allow product to cool before removing from conveyor wearing non slip insulated gloves is necessary.
  • Provide assistance when removing heavy or large items ensure proper handling procedures are followed.
  • Be careful when removing objects from moving conveyor wearing Type 1 footwear is essential.

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.