Roof Tiling Safe Work Method Statement

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Roof Tiling Safe Work Method Statement

Roof Tiling 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 Roof Tiling 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 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 Roof Tiling 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. Handling of tiles and equipment
  9. Roof tiling work
  10. Solar radiation protection
  11. On completion

The Roof Tiling Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Roof Tiling 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 Roof Tiling 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 roof tiling project as needed, making sure that your Roof Tiling SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks. 

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Roof Tiling SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own roof tiling SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Roof Tiling 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 Roof Tiling.

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

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

Assessment of Site Conditions

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

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

Roof Tiling Training and Worker Qualifications

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

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

  • Appropriate safe access must be provided to the work area and adequate safe means must be provided for carrying tools and materials to the work area.
  • Adequate fall protection system must be provided, if there is a possibility that a person may fall more than the allowed height, or may fall on a potentially hazardous area.
  • Suitable edge protection must be provided for preventing tools and materials from falling from a height.
  • Within the work area provide exclusion zones where objects may fall from heights.
  • Never work close to exposed live power lines or electrical wiring.
  • When handling metal components, never encroach within the safe approach distances.
  • Allow only a licensed person to carry out lifting and slinging of loads.
  • Refer SWMS Working on roofs.
  • Refer SWMS Working at heights.
  • Refer SWMS Scaffolding.
  • Refer SWMS Electrical safety.
  • Refer SWMS Lifting equipment.
  • Refer SWMS Ladders
  • Do not carry too many tiles, 4 - 5 on average is recommended.
  • Always use correct bending techniques when lifting.
  • Where possible use a tile trolley for straight runs greater than 15 metres.
  • Avoid handling and lifting of roof tiles when the conditions are windy
  • Use two or more tilers to position an elevator. Do not stand in the fall zone or fall arch of the elevator. Tie off the elevator after positioning.  Where practical use two or more tilers to pull up the elevator to roof level avoid putting weight on metal fascia when doing so.  Consider nailing an extra batten across the top of the rafter ends to place your foot on. Check elevator drive belt is enclosed by safety guard/s.
  • Check that all handsaws are in good working order and that blades are sharp with no teeth missing.
  • Isolate area of work when using nail gun. Ensure consultation with any other tradesmen on site. Keep fingers and hands away from the nail fixing location. Use piston type nail gun. Wear approved eye and hearing protection when operating nail gun.
  • Wearing hand protection is essential.
  • Establish a number of clearly marked areas around the dwelling to remove broken and cut tiles.
  • Consult with other workers to ensure isolation of worksite below while tiling is in progress.
  • Prevent entry to areas where tile debris are being lowered.
  • Place signs (as per the relevant Code of Practice) around the dwelling to warn others that roof tiling is in progress.
  • When sweeping, always keep your feet positioned in the clean(previously swept) area away dusty tiles from the dust.
  • Keep roof areas clean and free of trip hazards particularly tile pieces.
  • When cleaning roof plumbing beware of slipping on the bottom tile course.
  • Do not carry excessive loads of mortar.
  • Avoid contact with cement.
  • Avoid working in high winds near overhead power lines.
  • Check that supporting brickwork is in place temporary propping is not an acceptable form of structural support for roof framing.
  • Provide minimum batten length of 2 rafter spacings.
  • Install safety mesh or approved safety sparking for rafters spacings greater than 600 mm.  
  • Install safety net over stair wells
  • Where possible, wear broad-brimmed hats, trousers and long sleeves.
  • Use UV protective type clothing fabric, preferably SPF50+.
  • For outdoor workers, SPF30+ must be available in ample quantities.
  • Protect eyes from scattered and reflected light and UV radiation.
  • If there is a risk of physical eye injury, use tinted safety glasses.
  • Do not over-dress as this can result in heat stress from over-heating of the body.
  • Extreme conditions may cause perspirations resulting in sunscreen being washed off.
  • Use of sunglasses to protect eyes is recommended.
  • Tinted safety glasses are recommended.

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.