Static Line Systems Safe Work Method Statement

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Static Line Systems Safe Work Method Statement

Static Line Systems 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 Static Line Systems (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 Static Line Systems 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. Selection of components ®C permanent installations
  8. Selection of components ®C temporary installations
  9. Attachments
  10. Installation of static lines
  11. Inspection of parts
  12. Use of static line systems
  13. Other considerations
  14. Cleaning, maintenance and storage
  15. On completion

The Static Line Systems Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Static Line Systems 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 Static Line Systems 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 static line systems project as needed, making sure that your Static Line Systems SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Static Line Systems SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own static line systems SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Static Line Systems SWMS such as:

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

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

Your Static Line Systems Safe Work Method Statement Template should list any high risk construction work, such as: 

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

Your Static Line Systems Safe Work Method Statement should also identify any high-risk machinery or equipment in operation near the worksite, such as:

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

When the Static Line Systems SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the static line systems work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised Static Line Systems 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 Static Line Systems SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the static line systems work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Static Line Systems SWMS.

When preparing your Static Line Systems 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 Static Line Systems. 

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

  • Health and Safety guidelines for static line systems work
  • Emergency plans and evacuation procedures for the Static Line Systems SWMS
  • Worker inductions for Static Line Systems
  • Toolbox talks (safety meetings) added to the Static Line Systems SWMS
  • Outline details of supervision of the site and workers on the Static Line Systems SWMS
  • Check all workers qualifications, permits and competencies for Static Line Systems operations
  • Ensure the Static Line Systems and any related equipment is functioning correctly
  • Hazard reporting procedures in place and added to the Static Line Systems SWMS
  • Incident reporting procedures in place and added to the Static Line Systems SWMS
  • Exclusion zones when conducting static line systems work
  • Risk Assessment for TASK completed and noted on the Static Line Systems 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 static line systems work is conducted
  2. Suitable access and adequate space to conduct static line systems work safely
  3. Consult with all stakeholders on potential hazards and risks when conducting static line systems work
  4. Consultation with all relevant workers and personnel for Static Line Systems SWMS details
  5. If conducting Static Line Systems at night, ensure there is adequate lighting
  6. Check that the work environment is suitable for static line systems work

Static Line Systems Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Permanent lifelines (those with service life greater than 6 months) must incorporate galvanised steel wire rope or chain, or other approved line material all components must conform to the relevant Australian Standard for those components.
  • Use only metal components that are either resistant to or protected from corrosion.
  • Install only brackets, shackles or other devices in intermediate anchorages so that they cannot jam the cable or themselves use endanchorages that comply with AS/NZS 1891.2. Use other components only if they comply with the relevant Australian Standard.
  • Ensure that apertures in fittings are as nearly at right angles as possible to the direction of the line in both the vertical and horizontal planes.
  • Use temporary lifelines that are constructed of approved load-bearing components such as fibre or synthetic rope, rope or webbing slings, steel wire rope or chain slings, or round slings Make sure that ropes and slings conform to the relevant Australian Standard.
  • Breaking strain of slings after derating due to manner of rigging must be 2x for steel wire rope or 4x for fibre rope or webbing slings always install slings with all slack removed.
  • Use only approved anchors and fittings to anchor static lines.
  • A restraint or fall arrest system must comprise items that are compatible with one another, with negligible risk of accidental release of connections allow only a competent person to install the entire system.
  • Allow all users of the system have a means of passing an intermediate anchorage without disconnection from the system (such as use of a second lanyard, dual attachment lanyard, or mobile attachment device) ensure that mobile attachment devices are permanently fixed to the system or require two consecutive deliberate manual actions to remove.
  • Fall arrestors must be a quick-activation type to limit the amount of free fall to as short a distance as possible.
  • Never connect large-throat opening snap hooks to standard size D-rings or similar objects as this will result in a load on the gate if the hook or D-ring twists or rotates use only double-acting type snap hooks.
  • Prevent accidental opening of Karabiners by fitting them with a screw gate.
  • When selecting anchor points choose those that will resist the maximum likely impact force use only proper roof attachment fittings for the type and construction to anchor lifelines.
  • Note use roof trusses only as attachment points if the truss supplier specifies that it is safe to do so.
  • Use a method of preventing the person carrying out the installation falling from the roof when installing roof anchor points and lifelines always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation.
  • Inspect all the lines, fittings and anchorages before first use and then at regular intervals to detect any faults, corrosion or damageInspect all the static line visibly for faults before each use.
  • Do not use any harness, safety line or other component that shows wearing or damage to the extent that it may cause the device to fail never use faulty equipment.
  • Make sure that each hook is fully closed and has not become entangled in clothing inspect all the hooks for proper operation before each use.
  • A restraint belt can be used if working on a slope of 15 or less, and where the length of the restraint will prevent any vertical free fall of the wearer it is not recommended to use Inertia reel. Use anchorage if at foot level.
  • Always wear a fall arrest harness on roofs and slopes greater than 15 and where secure footing can be maintained any person must be connected to at least one fall arrest system at any place where they are at risk of a fall.
  • Always place a line and rope grab fall arrest system in front of the person to allow operation of the mechanism always use a harness with a front fall arrest connection point with this type of system.
  • Always ensure that a person is wearing a fall arrest harness where there is a likelihood of a free fall of greater than 600mm make sure that adequate fall clearance is available under work position.
  • Always provide a second lanyard, the provision of protective sleeves or covers, or the provision of equipment designed to cope with any foreseeable damage where there is a risk of damage due to use of power tools, welding, use of abrasives or chemicals, electrical hazards, or work inflammable or explosive atmospheres or confined spaces.
  • Always carry out risk assessment prior to work where there are potential causes of damage to equipment.
  • Always provide suitable equipment to rescue a person within a short period in the event of a fall to minimise risk of suspension trauma instruct all other persons on site in rescue procedures.
  • Ensure that all tools, equipment and materials are secured from falling. Make provision to protect persons at lower level, either by providing suitable guardrails and edge protection, if necessary, catch nets, or barring access to risk areas head protection is necessary and must be worn.
  • Always clean and maintain hardware and mechanical devices according to manufacturer’s instructions. Clean synthetic materials with mild soap and water. Air dry all equipment at ambient temperature before storage always refer to manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning data and refer to label on harness.
  • Store synthetic materials away from sunlight in a cool, dry place always provide dedicated storage for all fall arrest and restraint equipment.
  • Hang harnesses or store them flat in a safe location.
  • Store all fall arrest or restraint equipment away from any unnecessary strain or pressure, excessive heat and protected from sharp edges, corrosive substances and other causes of damage always store in bags provided by supplier to make sure that all parts of a system are kept together for use.

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.