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1 Safe Work Method Statement Disclaimer: Use of Master Builders Generic Safe Work Method Statements The Master Builders Association of Victoria expressly disclaim all and any liability to any person in respect of anything, and of consequence of anything done or omitted to be done by any or such person in reliance, whether wholly or partially on this generic safe work method statement. Rules for the use of Master Builders generic SWMS 1. This generic SWMS is provided as a sample. It is not to be used by a builder or subcontractor for the purpose of managing safety on their projects. It can be used as a template to enable builders and subcontractors to produce their own SWMS. Master Builders have carbon copy pads available for sale to enable builders/subcontractors to produce their own SWMS. 2. Employers intending to use this SWMS as a template for their own SWMS must ensure they consult with their employees, including their Health and Safety Representatives, prior to its introduction. 3. Builders and subcontractors must ensure that their SWMS is relevant to the project at hand. Generic SWMS should not be used unless precautions have been taken to ensure that the document adequately addresses the hazards and risks relevant to each particular project. 4. Builders and subcontractors intending to use this sample SWMS as a template for their own generic SWMS, without making any changes to the detail, must ensure that they adhere to and implement all of the relevant risk controls. 5. The range of generic SWMS provided by Master Builders are not sufficiently broad enough to cover all hazards or risks encountered by builders and subcontractors. It does not cover the full list of requirements for which SWMS are specifically required under the OHS Construction Regulations. It is important that the builder or subcontractor undertake their own hazard identification and risk control process relevant for each particular task. It is highly recommended that persons who are responsible for preparing and reviewing SWMS undertake training so as to understand the process of identifying and controlling risks in the workplace. Remember : Each Safe Work Method Statement should be site specific. Include all workers in the development of the Safe Work Method Statement. All workers should sign off to verify that they understand all the requirements of this Safe Work Method Statement.

2 NOTE : Work must be performed in accordance with this SWMS. This SWMS must be kept and be available for inspection until the high risk construction work to which this SWMS relates is completed. If the SWMS is revised, all versions should be kept. If a notifiable incident occurs in relation to the high risk construction work in this SWMS, the SWMS must be kept for at least 2 years from the date of the notifiable incident. (PCBU Name, ABN, Office Address and Phone) Principal Contractor (PC) (Name, ABN, Office Address) Works Manager: Contact phone: Date SWMS provided to PC: Work activity: Landscaping Workplace location: High risk construction work involves: Risk of a person falling more than 2 metres Work in an area with movement of powered mobile plant Work on or near energised electrical installations or services Temporary load-bearing support for structural alterations or repairs Work on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines Work in areas with artificial extremes of temperature Tilt-up or precast concrete elements Use of explosives Work on or near pressurised gas mains or piping Likely to involve disturbing asbestos Work on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor in use by traffic other than pedestrians Work in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning Work in or near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5 m or a tunnel Work in or near a confined space Diving work Demolition of load-bearing structure Work in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere Work on a telecommunication tower Have workers been consulted about the SWMS? Note: Consultation with Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) should be undertaken where there is a HSR at a workplace YES NO Person/s responsible for ensuring compliance with SWMS: Date SWMS received: What measures are in place to ensure compliance with the SWMS? Person responsible for reviewing SWMS control measures: Date SWMS received by reviewer: How will the SWMS control measures be reviewed? Review date: Reviewer s signature:

3 What are the tasks involved? List the work tasks in a logical order. Site arrival Site inspection Carry out site levels and clearing. Movement of material around site by truck, plant and equipment and by hand. What are the hazards and risks? Identify the hazards and risks that may cause harm to workers or the public. Injury caused by entry to unsafe areas. Hit by on site vehicles or plant. Falls, slips, trips into open trenches or holes. Hit by on site plant and equipment. Persons falling into open trenches. Foot injuries from sharp objects in waste materials and debris cuts and abrasions. Back and shoulder injuries when bending or using hand tools. Hit by on site plant. Noise, hearing damage or eye damage. Manual handling, back and muscle stain, hand and foot injuries. What are the control measures? Describe what will be done to control the risk. What will you do to make the activity as safe as possible? Report to site office for site induction before entry to site. Training and consultation with employees. Training and consultation with employees in safe entry / egress onto site. Ensure open trenches are barricaded. Training in the use of PPE equipment such as safety vests. Consultation with site supervisor to locate and mark services such as underground power, Telstra gas and water supply. Check for road conditions & pedestrian, site workers safety. Ensure EPA requirements are met Ensure open trenches, services are located and marked before machinery starts on site. Training in the use of PPE equipment such as gloves. Safety footwear should be worn when site cleaning. Training in manual handling and the use of shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows. Check tools are in good condition. Ensure machine operator is aware of whereabouts of site personnel. Ensure operator has current certification to operate machine. Wear high visibility vests Training in the use of PPE equipment such as ear and eye protection. Use correct tool for the task. Training in manual handling and the use of shovels and wheelbarrows. Train employees in the correct use of tools. Check tools are in good working order. Keep clear of machine and trucks when it is in operation. Training in the use of PPE equipment such as, safety footwear, vests, and gloves.

4 Weeding Excavation and cultivating Installation of garden edging pavers Placing soils Digging and planting Manual handling back, knee and muscle strain. Contact or inhalation of chemicals. Manual handling back and muscle strain. Hit by plant Manual handling back and muscle strain. Cuts and abrasions when handling pavers. Foot and hand crush, eye damage. Contact / inhalation with sand and cement dust, petrol fumes. Cuts, eye and hearing damage when using brick saw. Burns, inhalation when cleaning pave edge with hydrochloric acid. Manual handling injuries. Injuries when using auger. Back injuries when digging by hand and planting. Change positions and vary tasks regularly. Stand and stretch regularly. Wear gloves when handling irritant weeds. Use PPE where required. Provide training in hazardous substances. Use the correct tool for the task. Training employees in the correct use of tools. Manual handling training. Do not overload wheelbarrow and make sure load is even. Rotate tasks between employees to prevent repetitive strain injuries. Ensure machine operator has a current certification to operate machine. Training in manual handling, correct use of tools and equipment. Wear PPE equipment such as gloves, safety footwear and eye protection Rotate tasks to prevent repetitive strain injuries. Training in the use of hazardous substances. Training in the use of PPE equipment. Training in the set up and use of a brick saw. Training in the use and protection of hazardous substances. Keep clear of machinery when operating in the area. Wear high visibility vests. Ensure operator is aware of site personnel. Training in manual handling. Keep clear of machinery. Wear high visibility vests. Training in the use of auger machinery. Use the correct tool for the task. Training employees in the correct use of tools. Get assistance to move large and heavy plants. Mulching Manual handling back and muscle strain. Use correct tools for the task. Stockpile mulch close to work area. Do not overload wheelbarrow and ensure load is even.

5 Turf laying Fertilising Eye damage, cuts, dust, inhalation, irritation. Sun burn. Manual handling back and muscle strain when wheeling turf and laying. Manual handling injuries when rolling. Hand and foot injuries. Manual handling injuries. Skin irritation / inhalation. Keep path clear. Training and consultation in the use of PPE equipment. The use of PPE such as cream, hats and protective clothing. Ensure employees are aware of on site plant and equipment. Train employees in the correct use of tools. Training in manual handling and the use of tools and equipment for task. Do not overload wheelbarrow. Keep path for wheelbarrow clear and even. Rotate tasks between employees. Check tools are sharp and in good working order. Sheath sharp tool when not using. Get assistance to lift roller. Use PPE safety boots. Training in manual handling. Training in the use of hazardous substances. Watering Manual handling injuries Load multiple hoses in a wheelbarrow. Training in manual handling. Heat stress / sunburn Dehydration Roll and tie hoses after each use to prevent tangles. Wear PPE such as hats, sun cream, cotton clothing and sunglasses. Drink water frequently. Name of Worker/s Worker signature/s Date SWMS received by workers PLEASE NOTE: It may be necessary to use more than one page to complete an adequate safe work method statement (SWMS).

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