Plumbing Drainage and Gas Fitting Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Plumbing Drainage and Gas Fitting 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 Plumbing Drainage and Gas Fitting 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

If you’re in the plumbing, drainage, or gas fitting trades, our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) Template is essential for ensuring that all your projects meet safety standards and comply with Australian workplace health and safety regulations. Here’s a detailed look at what our template offers:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: This template isn’t just a bare framework; it’s packed with pre-written content tailored for plumbing and related work. This saves you time and ensures you cover all necessary safety aspects.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing: Easily tweak the contents to match the specific requirements of your work site or project without complicated procedures.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: Define the boundaries of your work zone clearly and list details like site location, job duration, and any critical points necessary for clarity and focus.
  • Includes checklist of any high risk machinery on site: Manage the risks associated with heavy machinery with a ready-to-use checklist that prompts recognition and mitigation strategies.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Keep track of your team’s qualifications and safety training progress, ensuring everyone on-site meets the job’s safety requirements.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: Evaluate potential hazards before starting the job, and review them upon completion to assess how effectively risks were managed.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Stay compliant with direct links to relevant laws and standards applicable to plumbing and gas works — making sure you’re not just safe but also legally covered.
  • Includes all PPE required: List all Personal Protective Equipment needed for the job, ensuring no gear is overlooked and workers’ safety is prioritised.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Use our structured format to predict and rate possible risks, helping you focus on critical areas more effectively.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: Finalise your safety plans confidently with a complete rundown of all steps checked against standard regulations.
  • Includes sign off page for all workers and responsible persons: Document acknowledgments from every individual acknowledging they understand and commit to adhere to the laid out safety measures.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: We’ve made our template very user-friendly, so even those not seasoned in document management can use it effortlessly.
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Our comprehensive, precise nature makes it suitable for major projects that require diligent risk management and documentation processes.
  • Quick delivery by email: Receive your copy instantaneously and get started with preparing your SWMS right away.

Let this SWMS template help you safeguard your workplace while adhering to regulation and minimising risks. Ready to make safety management simpler and more effective? Contact us to snag your template today!

The Plumbing Drainage and Gas Fitting Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Site Preparation
    • Exposure to hazardous substances
    • Trip hazards
  • 2. Equipment Setup
    • Electric shock
    • Equipment malfunction
  • 3. Pipe Installation
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Falling objects
  • 4. System Configuration
    • Incorrect installation
    • Leakages
  • 5. Pressure Testing
    • Burst pipes
    • Equipment failure
  • 6. Welding and Joining
    • Burns
    • Inhalation of fumes
  • 7. Excavation
    • Collapse of trenches
    • Striking underground utilities
  • 8. Laying Pipes
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Exposure to contaminants
  • 9. Gas Fitting
    • Gas leaks
    • Fire hazard
  • 10. Sealant Application
    • Chemical exposure
    • Inadequate ventilation
  • 11. Final Inspection
    • Overlooking defects
    • Non-compliance with standards
  • 12. Cleanup
    • Sharp objects
    • Slippery surfaces
  • 13. Waste Disposal
    • Inappropriate disposal methods
    • Hazardous waste exposure
  • 14. Documentation
    • Data mismanagement
    • Loss of documents
  • 15. Customer Handover
    • Miscommunication
    • Unresolved issues
  • 16. Emergency Response Training
    • Lack of awareness
    • Delay in action
  • 17. Tool Maintenance
    • Tool malfunctions
    • Injuries from defective tools
  • 18. Gas Detection Testing
    • Inadequate detection
    • False alarms
  • 19. Compliance Audit
    • Regulatory fines
    • Reputational damage
  • 20. Debriefing Session
    • Incomplete feedback
    • Lack of improvement strategies

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 Plumbing Drainage and Gas Fitting 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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