Painting and Decorating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Painting and Decorating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) features:

  1. Instant download
  2. Acceptance Guaranteed
  3. Easy to edit Microsoft Word format so you can add your logo and site specific details
  4. Complies with latest legislation

Specifically, the Painting and Decorating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers:

  1. Operational guidelines, with a step by step approach to safe work
  2. Possible hazards that may be encountered
  3. Step by step safety procedures to follow
  4. Before work starts – Guidelines and Checks
  5. And more. Please check details below

Ensure your painting and decorating projects meet health and safety standards with our Safe Work Method Statement Template. Designed specifically for the unique requirements of the industry, this template guides you through setting up strong safety measures without hassle. Let’s explore its features:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our template is pre-loaded with commonly required inputs for painting and decorating jobs, saving you time and ensuring no vital point is overlooked.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable in Microsoft Word format: Tailor each section to fit the specifics of your project with ease, making it truly adaptable to your needs.
  • Includes the Scope of the Project and the Project Details: Clearly define what the job entails with designated sections for both scope and detailed project descriptions, promoting clarity from the outset.
  • Includes Checklist of Any High Risk Machinery on Site: Identify and manage the use of potentially hazardous equipment with a comprehensive checklist, enhancing workplace safety.
  • Includes Space for Recording Any Staff Training: Keep track of training completion directly within the document, ensuring all team members are equipped with necessary safety knowledge.
  • Includes Before and After Risk Ratings: Assess risks before starting the work, and evaluate again upon completion to measure safety improvements and compliance.
  • Includes Resources for Use of Legislative References: Stay compliant with laws and regulations with easy access to legislative references, helping you manage legal risks effectively.
  • Includes All PPE Required: List all personal protective equipment needed for the job, ensuring all worker safety measures are planned ahead.
  • Includes Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Evaluate potential hazards with an organized risk matrix, making complex assessments more manageable.
  • Includes a Checklist to Ensure All Requirements Have Been Covered When Implementing the SWMS: Double-check your compliance and safety setups with a final rundown, securing peace of mind.
  • Includes Sign Off Page for All Workers and Responsible Persons: Officialise the compliance and acknowledgment of the safety measures by all parties involved, adding an extra layer of responsibility and documentation.
  • Easy to Use, Easy to Customise: With a user-friendly layout and clear instructions, adapting and utilising the template is straightforward – ideal for busy tradies.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders, Including Tier 1 Contractual Work: Demonstrate professionalism and compliance in high-stake contracts with a robust documentation strategy.
  • Quick Delivery by Email: Start improving site safety right away as the template arrives promptly via email, ready for immediate use.

This SWMS template not only helps in covering necessary safety protocols but also assists in streamlining project management for painting and decorating tasks. Get your project off to a safe start!

The Painting and Decorating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Preparation
    • Exposure to dust
    • Trip hazards
  • 2. Ladder Setup
    • Falling from height
    • Ladder instability
  • 3. Surface Cleaning
    • Chemical exposure
    • Slips on wet surfaces
  • 4. Paint Mixing
    • Inhalation of vapours
    • Chemical spills
  • 5. Undercoat Application
    • Flammable materials
    • Skin irritation from paint
  • 6. Brush Work
    • Repetitive strain injury
    • Inhalation of fumes
  • 7. Roller Work
    • Misuse of rollers
    • Splashes and drips
  • 8. Spraying
    • Overspray inhalation
    • Equipment malfunction
  • 9. Working at Heights
    • Falls
    • Dropped objects
  • 10. Detail Work
    • Eye strain
    • Sharp object injuries
  • 11. Cleanup
    • Sharp tools
    • Exposure to solvent vapours
  • 12. Waste Disposal
    • Improper handling of hazardous waste
    • Cuts from disposals
  • 13. Equipment Maintenance
    • Electric shock
    • Entanglement
  • 14. Drying Inspection
    • Contact with wet paint
    • Slipping
  • 15. Quality Check
    • Missed defects
    • Overexertion
  • 16. Final Touch-ups
    • Chemical exposure
    • Repetitive motions
  • 17. Client Handover
    • Miscommunication
    • Client dissatisfaction
  • 18. Documentation
    • Data misentry
    • Loss of documents
  • 19. Site Demobilisation
    • Equipment damage
    • Tripping over equipment
  • 20. Review and Reporting
    • Incorrect reporting
    • Stress from deadlines

Each Safe Work Method Statement has specific content that is referenced to, but not limited to a number of authorities such as Codes of Practice, Regulations, Australian Standards or the Act.

The Painting and Decorating Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) references:

Ordering only takes a few minutes. Upon ordering completion, a link will be sent to your email address to download your documents, then add your company logo to the top of the header and you’re finished.

Frequent Questions

Safe Work Method Statement Template FAQ’s

What format is a BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template delivered in?

Because every SWMS needs to be edited to suit on-site specifics, it makes sense to deliver our Safe Work Method Statements in Microsoft Word Format for easy editing.

How many pages long is each Safe Work Method Statement Template?

It depends entirely on the nature of the risks associated with the SWMS Template, however on average the documents are between 7-15 pages in length. Each Safe Work Method Statement is comprehensive in nature and is easy to use.

What are before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are simply this: When you initially start to do a job, like say drill a hole in a wall, there will be a level of risk, which for this example let's just say is a level 2 (before). The idea is that then you would implement some type of control measure to reduce the risk, and in this case we would implement the control measure of wearing safety glasses to protect the eyes. This now would bring the risk of an injury down to a level 1 (after). Here you can see how the SWMS has a before and after risk rating for each step of a job, task or process.

Why do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates have before and after risk ratings?

Before and after risk ratings are a simple and effective way to clearly show how, and how much a certain level of risk has been brought down for a certain step in a job task or process. Another reason also is that many larger contractors now like to see before and after risk ratings, so it makes sense to include them in our Templates.

Are the SWMS Templates pre-filled?

Absolutely. Every Safe Work Method Statement Template is pre-filled, high quality and comprehensive in order to help save you as much time, and deliver as much quality information as possible when conducting your own on site safety.

Do the Safe Work Method Statement Templates come with a Risk Assessment?

Yes. Each Safe Work Method Statement comes with it's own built in Risk Assessment which is part of the working document. The SWMS is straightforward, easy to use and has a risk calculator to work out the risk level and likelihood of the risk occurring.

Does each SWMS Template have the required PPE already suggested?

Yes, each SWMS Template has a range of PPE recorded, as well as picture icons of different PPE items that you can add/remove as you need to for the requirements of the job task.

What Should be Included in a Safe Work Method Statement?

If you're going to be doing any high risk construction work, you'll most likely not only need a Safe Work Method Statement, but you'll also need to make sure your SWMS has a number of checks and balances in order for the document to be accepted in your construction site safety. Purchasing a safe work method statement template can help save you quite a lot of time rather than starting from scratch. Also, just remember that even though every BlueSafe Template is highly comprehensive and pre-filled, your SWMS Template should be adjusted to suit any noticeable risks that are specific to the task you are performing.

Your Safe Work Method Statement must:
  • List or show the different types of construction work that is high risk
  • Clearly explain the workplace health and safety hazards as well as the risks that arise from the works
  • Explain in detail how each risk will be managed, maintained and controlled
  • Explain how each control measure will be implemented in order to reduce each risk
  • Describe how each control measure will be monitored an how often the control measures will be reviewed
  • Consider any additional factors that may impact the level of risk involved with the safety of the construction site such as weather, wind etc.
  • Be made available and accessible to read by employees and applicable personnel at any time.
  • Every SWMS should be easy to understand and written in plain language
  • Every BlueSafe Australia Safe Work Method Statement Template is straightforward and easy to use. They also have what's called 'before and after risk ratings', which basically means there's a built in risk assessment that is used in the process of using the document. This allows you to asses the initial risks and give them a score, and then assess the risk and give an 'after score' once the listed control measures are implemented. All our documents are comprehensive, pre-filled and easy to use. You can even download a sample below and see an example.
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