Radial Arm Saw Safe Work Method Statement

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Radial Arm Saw Safe Work Method Statement

Radial Arm Saw 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 Radial Arm Saw (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 Radial Arm Saw 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. Pre-start checks
  8. Preparation of work area
  9. Operation
  10. Maintenance
  11. On completion

The Radial Arm Saw Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Radial Arm Saw 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 Radial Arm Saw 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 radial arm saw project as needed, making sure that your Radial Arm Saw SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Radial Arm Saw SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own radial arm saw SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Radial Arm Saw SWMS such as:

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

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

Your Radial Arm Saw Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

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

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

When the Radial Arm Saw SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the radial arm saw work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Radial Arm Saw 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 Radial Arm Saw SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the radial arm saw work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Radial Arm Saw SWMS.

When preparing your Radial Arm Saw 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 Radial Arm Saw.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when using radial arm saw and ensure that:

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

Radial Arm Saw Training and Worker Qualifications

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

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Radial Arm SawSafe Work Method Statement Template:

  • Inspect the casing for any missing screws, cracks or damages.
  • Inspect all controls and make sure all clamps, stops and adjustments operate smoothly.
  • Inspect the rollers, slides and guide arms for proper condition and operation. There should be smooth roll or slide without any tight spots or bumps.
  • Make sure the guards are fitted and are operating properly. A guard must move easily and return to its original position when released.
  • Make sure the blade is suitable for the work to be performed.
  • Make sure that all grips and handles are fitted firmly and are unmovable.
  • Never use the machine if it has loose or missing parts, or any damages. Arrange for immediate repairs or maintenance.
  • Never use a saw without its guard or with the guard held in the open position.
  • Never use an unsuitable blade.
  • If the blade has chipped, missing or broken teeth, replace the blade.
  • Make sure there is no debris or rubbish on the working surface or the floor, and the person using the circular saw has a good foothold.
  • Make sure that when working on the material to be cut, it is secure and is prevented from accidental movement.
  • Work areas must be kept clean.
  • Saws generate huge quantities of fine dust, which can hover in the air, be breathed in and lodged in the eyes.
  • Circular saws usually generate high levels of noise when operating, especially in restricted or enclosed areas.
  • Prevent movement of work pieces when cutting by supporting and clamping.
  • When using a saw, be careful to keep hands will away from cutting zones.
  • Fine sawdust is readily and extremely combustible.
  • To minimise the strain when pulling the saw, as far as possible adopt an open stance.
  • After completing a cut, return the saw to its position behind the bench.
  • Wearing a dust mask is essential.
  • Wearing eye protection is essential.
  • Wearing hearing protection is essential.
  • For handling rough materials, wearing leather gloves is essential.
  • Do not allow open flames or smoking.
  • Never pull the saw across body.
  • Before commencing work on the saw, always lock out or isolate the machine.
  • Use only proper supplied spanners and tools to remove the spindle nut and the guard.
  • For removing debris and dust from backing plate, spindle and guard, preferably use a brush.
  • Make sure the threads on the spindle are undamaged and the backing plate can sit flush.
  • The blade, washers and nut must be mounted in the proper order and tightened firmly with the proper tools and spanners. Replace the guard and set it in the proper position.
  • When handling sharp or rough parts, wearing leather gloves is essential.
  • When cleaning the machine, wearing eye protection is essential.
  • Wearing a dust mask is essential.
  • Make sure all surfaces are clean.
  • Never over-tighten the nut.

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.