Water Recycling Plant Safe Work Method Statement

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Water Recycling Plant Safe Work Method Statement

Water Recycling Plant 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 Water Recycling Plant 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 Water Recycling Plant 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. Chemical storage
  9. Dosing and treatment
  10. Sludge drying and removal
  11. Cleaning and maintenance
  12. On completion

The Water Recycling Plant Safe Work Method Statement Includes


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

Your Water Recycling Plant Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) 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 Water Recycling PlantSafe Work Method Statement, the first step is to create the document as a SafeWork Method Statement Template. This way, you can use the same SWMS Template and then adjust the document for each different water recycling plant project as needed, making sure that your Water Recycling Plant SWMS Template addresses any site specific risks.

The fastest and most cost effective solution would be to purchase a Bluesafe Water Recycling Plant SWMS Template. However, if you decide to take the route of writing your own water recycling plant SWMS.

There are some fundamental requirements and information which you may want to consider adding to your Water Recycling Plant SWMS such as: 

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

Note: The Water Recycling Plant SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection at least until the water recycling plant work is completed. Where the Water Recycling Plant SWMS is revised, all versions of theSWMS Template should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the Water Recycling Plant Safe Work Method Statement, the Water Recycling PlantSWMS must be kept for a minimum of two years from the date of the incident.

 Your Water Recycling Plant Safe Work Method StatementTemplate should list any high risk construction work, such as:

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

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

  • Forklift
  • Crane
  • Hoist
  • Water Recycling Plant
  • 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 Water Recycling Plant SWMS should also list anyPersonal 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 Water Recycling Plant SWMS must be reviewed continually to ensure it remains effective and relevant. The Water Recycling Plant SWMS must be reviewed (and revised if necessary) if relevant control measures in relation to water recycling plant work are revised. The review process should be carried out in consultation with workers (including contractors and subcontractors) who may be affected by the Water Recycling Plant and their health and safety representatives who represented that work group at the workplace.

When the Water Recycling Plant SWMS has been revised, the person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure:

  1. All persons involved in the water recycling plant work are advised that a revision has been made and how they can access the revised WaterRecycling Plant 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 WaterRecycling Plant SWMS; and,
  3. Workers that will be involved in the water recycling plant work are provided with the relevant information and instruction that will assist them to understand and implement the revised Water Recycling Plant SWMS.

When preparing your Water Recycling Plant 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 Water Recycling Plant.

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

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

Water Recycling Plant Training and Worker Qualifications

 Ensure all workers have the appropriate licenses in conducting Water Recycling Plant as well as any qualifications that may be required for various water recycling plant 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 WaterRecycling Plant SWMS including all safety and emergency procedures.
  2. Be qualified, knowledgeable and competent in Water RecyclingPlant operations and water recycling plant work as well as all delegated tasks/responsibilities
  3. Be fully aware and understand the scope of work in relation to the Water Recycling Plant SWMS

Below are some examples of someControl Measures to be implemented when creating your own Water Recycling Plant Safe WorkMethod Statement Template:

  • Provide a current MSDS in work areas for all hazardous substances used in the water recycling process make sure the MSDS are less than5 yrs old and keep the MSDSs in register.
  • Provide suitable personal protective clothing and equipment that must be worn by persons handling chemicals or waste products wearing eye and hand protection is necessary, apron and dust mask as required.
  • Clearly identify wet areas by markings on floor mark the extremities of wet areas.
  • Open pits and other places where a person could fall should be highlighted and protected by rails or provide suitable edge protection as necessary where a person could fall.
  • Use gate or chains to protect access through rails into pits keep access secured.
  • Store chemicals in cool dry place where they are protected from damage provide suitable storage area.
  • Clearly label all containers and packages with the name of the substance and Class label attached if they are stated to be dangerous goods make sure only proper label is attached.
  • Provide suitable spill kit to contain and clean up spills and leaks, and to prevent entry of chemicals and residue into drains and watercourses provide spill kit in recycling area as well.
  • Maintain the dosing equipment to prevent leakage of chemicals always keep equipment in good order.
  • Persons handling chemicals must use PPE recommended by MSDS refer to MSDS before use.
  • Regular checks must be carried out to make sure that proper dosing is made.
  • Keep hands away from sludge filter when closing to remove liquid content keep away from moving parts.
  • Be careful when moving loaded sludge hopper from under filter ensure proper handling practice.
  • Be careful to avoid injury when lifting sump pumps and hoses from pits ensure proper handling practice is followed.
  • Allow pump and hose to drain when lifting from pit.
  • Ventilate pit fully before allowing a person to enter never enter pit until safe to do so.
  • Use ladder to access pit, and provide fresh air when person is working in pit always provide safe access and egress.
  • Always follow proper procedures for confined space when person enters silo never enter confined space unless safety procedures are followed.
  • Always station observer to monitor and assist person in pit or confined space.

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.