Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement

Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement

Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use (Sandblasting) Safe Work Method Statement is completely comprehensive, easy to use and easy to implement into your business.

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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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. Specific precautions
  9. Development of x-ray film
  10. Radiation monitoring
  11. Clinical radiology
  12. On-site radiology
  13. Storage and handling of radioactive substances
  14. On completion

The Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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 radioactive substances – veterinary use project as needed, making sure that your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own radioactive substances – veterinary use SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS such as:

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

Note: The Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the radioactive substances – veterinary use work is completed. Where the Radioactive Substances– Veterinary Use SWMS is revised, all versions of the SWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Radioactive Substances– Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement, the Radioactive Substances – VeterinaryUse SWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

Your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe WorkMethod Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

Your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the work site, such as:

Your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to radioactive substances –veterinary use work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:  

  1. All persons involved in the radioactive substances –veterinary use work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the radioactive substances – veterinary use work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS.

When preparing your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use 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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use.

When writing your Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS, establish any policies, procedures and systems for working with Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use in consultation with the Principal Contractor and workers while being sure to establish:

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when working with radioactive substances and ensure that:

  1. A risk assessment of the radioactive substances – veterinary use work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct radioactive substances – veterinary use work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting radioactive substances – veterinary use work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS details
  5. If conducting Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for radioactive substances – veterinary use work

Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Training and Worker Qualifications

Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use as well as any qualifications that may be required for various radioactive substances – veterinary use 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 Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use operations and radioactive substances – veterinary use work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use SWMS

Below are some examples of some Control Measures to be implemented when creating your own Radioactive Substances – Veterinary Use Safe Work Method Statement Template: 

  • Identify all areas where radioactive substances are used by signs warning of radiation hazards; restrict entry only to authorised persons.
  • Use illuminated radiation warning signs at each public entrance making sure that the signs illuminate during preparation times and exposure periods.
  • All signs must conform to AS 1319 Safety signs for the occupational environments.
  • Avoid accidental exposures by using interlocking doors.
  • Ensure interlocks prevent operation of equipment when door is open.
  • Use X-ray equipment that complies with relevant radiation safety standards.
  • Use X-ray equipment in places that comply with standards.
  • Make sure that X-ray equipment is used in accordance with the manufacturer's manuals.
  • All persons working near x-ray equipment must be provided with and wear recommended protective clothing and monitoring devices.
  • X-ray equipment must be operated or their use supervised only by authorised persons trained in the use of x-ray equipment.
  • Always use different paddles to mix developer and fixer in separate tanks.
  • Shielding must be provided in X-ray clinics along with safe area indications.
  • Prevent operation by unauthorised persons.
  • Persons not involved in radiation procedures must be kept well away.
  • Make sure there are adequate persons available to operate x-ray equipment follow the mixing directions exactly.
  • Chemicals must be used according to safety information incurrent MSDS, as chemicals used for the development of x-ray films can affect health and safety.
  • All persons using chemicals must wear the appropriate PPE as specified in MSDS.
  • Only well-ventilated areas must be used to carry out developing.
  • All chemicals must be stored in a cool and dry area.
  • Wearing chemical goggles, liquid proof gloves and laboratory coats is necessary.
  • Good exhaust must be provided for ventilation.
  • All persons likely to be exposed to radiation must be provided with and wear suitable monitoring devices.
  • Make sure that monitoring devices are worn at all times of possible exposure.
  • The monitoring device must be worn at waist or chest height for radiographic procedures.
  • If wearing a protective apron, wear the device under the apron.
  • Never misuse or tamper with personal monitoring devices.
  • Always store personal monitoring devices away from radioactive substances and or x-ray sources.
  • Assess the device after the specified wearing period, advise the user of the results of the assessment, and if necessary, investigate the work practices.
  • Records of monitoring a person must be available for minimum 30 years after the assessment of the last exposure, or until the person has reached 75 years of age.
  • All monitoring devices used must conform to National Standards.
  • Only the person to whom the monitoring device has been issued should wear it.
  • Monitoring exposure to radiation of unprotected body parts may be done by wearing additional devices.
  • The Radiation Safety Officer must assess results of all monitoring.
  • Provide the results of the test to Statutory HealthAuthority.
  • Immobilise animals by anaesthetisation, tranquillisation or by other mechanical means of restraint.
  • Persons are to position themselves as far from beam and animal as possible.
  • When holding animals, all persons must wear protective gloves and aprons.
  • Practice rotation and avoid manual restraint where possible.
  • Do not allow pregnant women and children to hold animals.
  • Use temporary barriers, warning signs, etc., to prohibit access to area.
  • Make sure persons in adjoining areas are at no risk to irradiation.
  • Make sure that all necessary equipment is available and prepared for use.
  • Keep only a minimum number of persons necessary for the procedure.
  • All persons taking part must be provided with sufficient protective equipment.
  • X-ray tube assemblies and cassettes must be provided with adequate support and proper alignment of the x-ray beam to the cassette must been sured.
  • Fully identify risk areas and do not allow unauthorised access to working area.
  • Make sure adequate assistance is available.
  • All assistants must be instructed in the use of PPE.
  • Collimate the x-ray beam to an area equal to or less than the cassette.
  • Store radioactive substances in a cool, dry, secure area in a locked container specifically designed for storing radioactive substances keep the containers locked at all times.
  • Dispose of used isotopes and x-ray chemicals in conformity to local authority hazardous substance disposal and regulatory requirements dispose of only at an approved chemical waste facility.

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.