Reinforcing Bar Former Safe Work Method Statement

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Reinforcing Bar Former Safe Work Method Statement

Reinforcing Bar Former Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)

Whether you need to get on site to start work, looking to create a safe work environment or pitching that next Government Tender, the Reinforcing Bar Former Safe Work Method Statement is easy to customise, easy to use and easily integrates into your current Safety Management System (if you have one! If not, we need to talk, seriously. Don't take that sort of risk - we can help).

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 Reinforcing Bar Former 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. Setting up
  10. Uncoilers and bar feed
  11. Operation
  12. Handling of finished product
  13. Maintenance
  14. On completion

The Reinforcing Bar Former Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Reinforcing Bar Former 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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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 Reinforcing Bar Former 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 reinforcing bar former project as needed, making sure that your Reinforcing Bar Former SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Reinforcing Bar Former SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own reinforcing bar former SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Reinforcing Bar Former SWMS such as: 

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

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

Your Reinforcing Bar Former Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

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

When the Reinforcing Bar Former SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the reinforcing bar former work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Reinforcing Bar Former 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 ReinforcingBar Former SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the reinforcing bar former work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Reinforcing Bar Former SWMS.

When preparing your Reinforcing Bar Former 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 Reinforcing Bar Former.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions 

Thoroughly assess the work site/area conditions when reinforcing bar former and ensure that:

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

Reinforcing Bar Former Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Do not allow persons to enter area around uncoilers and bar feed while the rebar forming machine is in operation barricade or fence the uncoiler area and fit safety switch to all gates.
  • Reinforcing bar may have sharp edges or burrs that can cause hand injury wearing gloves when handling rebar is necessary.
  • Unit in operation and falling cut bars can generate harmful noise levels wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Scale and dust, etc., on rebar can fly and cause eye injury unless protected wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Wear safety footwear to protect from falling objects and obstacles wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Check hydraulic oil level before starting machine and top up if oil level is low wearing hand protection is necessary.
  • Keep area around machine away from offcuts, waste, and oil spills always keep work area clear.
  • Make sure that guards are fitted properly and will prevent touching of moving parts never use machine without guards.
  • De-energise and lock out control panel before working on machine preferably use lock outs and DANGER tags.
  • Allow only authorised persons to set up or adjust machine or feeds.
  • Be careful and do not drop straightener rollers and feed rollers when changing wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • De-energise and lock out control panel before working on uncoiler or feed preferably use lock outs and DANGER tags.
  • Allow only authorised persons to set up or adjust machine or feeds.
  • Inspect all the lifting equipment before attempting to lift coils of rebar allow only authorised persons to set up or adjust rebar former, or to sling coils or rebar to uncoilers.
  • Allow only a qualified dog man or rigger to handle loads over1 tonne.
  • Make sure that the load is securely slung, and that path over which slung load is to be lifted is away from other persons do not lift loads over other persons.
  • Reinforcing bar may have sharp edges or burrs that can cause hand injury wearing gloves when handling rebar is necessary.
  • Obtain assistance when feeding larger diameter rebar ensure safe handling procedures are followed.
  • Forming head will move automatically during bending operations keep away from moving parts.
  • Bar cutter will operate automatically during bending and cutting operations.
  • Rebar is fed automatically through feed rollers when machine is operating.
  • Keep away from forming head zone when bending rebar, especially if bending in more than one plane always set up operating console away from moving parts and objects.
  • There is risk of cut portions of rebar falling from machine to floor wearing foot protection is necessary.
  • Risk of flying parts generated during cutting and bending may cause eye injury wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Machine in operation and falling bar may generate harmful noise levels wearing hearing protection is necessary.
  • Burrs and cut portions of deformed rebar can cause cuts and scratches wearing hand protection is necessary.
  • Make sure of using proper sling for the load to be lifted, and is safe to use inspect all the lifting gear before use.
  • Wearing suitable gloves is necessary for hand protection when handling product to avoid cuts and scratches.
  • Make sure that bars are aligned and straight before attempting to sling load always use proper sling for load lifted.
  • Ensure that sling effectively binds the load to prevent items falling out always use webbing or synthetic sling.
  • Inspect the entire travel path to make sure that load is not slung over other persons never lift loads over other persons.
  • Advise persons who may be at risk to vacate area while load is moved.
  • De-energise and lock out control panel before working on machine preferably use lock outs and DANGER tags.
  • Allow only authorised persons to set up or adjust machine or feeds.
  • Prevent entry of unauthorised persons into area when working on machine.
  • Be careful when handling heavy components or parts obtain assistance when handling large, heavy or awkward loads. Ensure safe lifting procedures are followed.
  • Avoid dust and scale in eyes when working around feed rolls wearing eye protection is necessary.
  • Never use compressed air to blow build-up of dust and scale from machine.
  • Wearing suitable liquid -proof gloves is necessary when cleaning parts with solvents wearing eye and hand protection is necessary

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.