Surface Grinder Safe Work Method Statement

Surface Grinder Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS Template) delivered in Microsoft Word format for easy editing.

Surface Grinder Safe Work Method Statement

Surface Grinder 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 Surface Grinder 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 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 Surface Grinder 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
  9. Setting up
  10. Operation
  11. Grinding wheels
  12. On completion

The Surface Grinder Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Surface Grinder 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 Surface Grinder 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 surface grinder project as needed, making sure that your Surface Grinder SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Surface Grinder SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own surface grinder SWMS.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When preparing your Surface Grinder 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 Surface Grinder.

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

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

Surface Grinder Training and Worker Qualifications 

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

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

  • Make sure there is no waste, fluids or debris on the work floor and it is clear.
  • Check the transmission and coolant fluid levels.
  • Moving parts of the machine should have no waste material.
  • Make sure all safeguards are fitted and operating properly.
  • Slides and other mating surfaces must be wiped down and lightly re-oiled.
  • Inspect the operation of all controls, magnetic chucks and vice, cross slides, and other slides.
  • Make sure the coolant pump is properly operating.
  • During oiling and cleaning, and performing checks, make sure the machine is de-energised.
  • For wiping and cleaning the machine, use only lint-free waste or wipes.
  • Never use compressed air to clean surface grinders.
  • Before changing wheels or setting up work, make sure the machine is de-energised.
  • For handling heavy objects, obtain assistance or use mechanical aids.
  • When setting up, protect magnetic chucks from damage. Do not bump or drop items on to the surface of the chuck.
  • Make sure the larger items are stable before removing the slings.
  • Never over-tighten the spindle nut. Always follow the instructions of the manufacturer, when changing grinding wheels.
  • To avoid damage to bolts, nuts, etc., make sure spanners, etc. used are of the proper size.
  • Proper manual handling procedures must be followed.
  • Wearing type 1 protective footwear is recommended.
  • Wearing Type 1 footwear is recommended.
  • It is recommended to wear leather gloves when handling sharp or rough objects.
  • Only use hand tools for the purpose.
  • When planning the job, make sure grinding will be achieved without damaging the wheel or the machine.
  • Make sure that job is held tightly with clamps, etc., and will not vibrate or spring under the cutting conditions.
  • Make sure the magnetic chuck holds work pieces securely.
  • The feed and speed must be selected according to the type of material being cut, type of wheel used and the finish required.
  • Before commencing grinding, perform a dummy pass over work for ensuring that wheel will not foul with the chuck, vices, etc. Make sure that full cut can be achieved.
  • Before commencing grinding, make sure all guards have been replaced, and are firmly secured.
  • Make sure that clamps or vice do not interfere with the cutting zones.
  • Before setting up the job, make sure the chuck or vice is clean and stable.
  • Wearing cut-resistant gloves for handling sharp or rough objects is recommended.
  • The wheel must be kept dressed for achieving better cutting speeds, reducing chatter and obtaining better finish.
  • Use a dial gage to determine the highest point on the job and bring wheel down until just touching.
  • Check for other high points using hand feeds, before engaging automatic feeds.
  • Make sure of the operation of the coolant flow. The cutting zone must be lubricated adequately.
  • For inspecting the finish and monitoring progress of work, move the work beyond the wheel.
  • Never turn off the coolant flow, unless grinding is completed.
  • When grinding, wearing eye protection is recommended.
  • Never bring fingers or hands near to the moving wheel.
  • Never wear gloves when grinding.
  • Never store grinding wheels by keeping them on edge. Store wheels by placing them flat on a level flat surface.
  • Grinding wheels must not be exposed to impact damages or bumps.
  • Grinding wheels must never come in contact with one another.Separate them with suitable insulation or packing between the wheels.
  • For refitting or removing a wheel, always follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
  • Never over-tighten the wheel. Use proper spanners to remove and refit nuts, screws and bolts.
  • For dressing and balancing the wheel, follow instructions given by the manufacturer.
  • Before commencing work with the wheel, make sure the wheel is properly dressed and balanced.
  • For handling wheels, proper manual handling procedures must be followed.
  • Use of suitable gloves when handling sharp or rough objects is recommended.
  • Before fitting, inspect the wheel for damage or cracks.
  • When tightening fasteners, make sure proper tools are used.

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.