Timber Floor Laying Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Timber Floor Laying 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 Timber Floor Laying 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 gearing up to start a timber floor-laying project, having the right documentation in place can make all the difference in ensuring workplace safety and meeting compliance needs. Our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) template is designed specifically for this task, making it a useful tool for tradespeople involved in such projects. Here’s what makes our SWMS template a great choice:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: To save you time and effort, our template comes pre-filled with typical tasks and hazards associated with timber floor laying. It’s comprehensive, covering various scenarios to help you anticipate and manage potential risks effectively.
  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing: We provide this template in Microsoft Word format, allowing you to modify any part of the document easily. This includes adding specific details about your project to fit your exact needs.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: Clearly define what your project involves with dedicated sections for outlining the scope and particulars of the job at hand. This ensures everyone on your team is on the same page from the get-go.
  • Includes checklist of any high risk machinery on site: Timber floor laying might require the use of high-risk machinery. Our template includes a checklist to identify these machines, helping you prepare appropriate safety measures.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Keep track of training sessions and ensure all workers are adequately trained with our dedicated section for recording training details, essential for both new hires and routine training refreshers.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: Assess risks before and after putting control measures into action. This feature helps you see how effective your safety strategies are and make necessary adjustments.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Stay compliant with local laws and regulations with resources that help you reference relevant legislation directly within your SWMS.
  • Includes all PPE required: No need to guess which Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed for your project. Our template outlines all required PPE, ensuring worker safety on the job site.
  • Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Gauge potential risks efficiently using the included risk assessment tools. These help in visualizing and prioritizing hazards to address them appropriately.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: Double-check your safety strategy with a comprehensive checklist that covers all bases before work commences.
  • Includes sign off page for all workers and responsible persons: Ensure accountability and compliance by having all workers and responsible personnel sign off on the SWMS once they’ve read and understood its contents.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: We’ve designed this template to be straightforward and user-friendly, so you can adapt it without needing specialized skills.
  • Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Our SWMS template is robust enough to be used for major contracts and tender submissions, providing the detailed information required for high-level projects.
  • Quick delivery by email: Get your SWMS template quickly through email delivery, allowing you to start tailoring it to your project without delay.

This SWMS template is an essential tool for ensuring a safer working environment and for staying compliant with industry standards while handling timber floor-laying tasks. Perfect for tradespeople seeking to streamline their safety paperwork and concentrate more on the job at hand.

The Timber Floor Laying Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Site Preparation
    • Manual handling injuries
    • Exposure to dust
  • 2. Material Handling
    • Back injury from lifting
    • Slips and trips
  • 3. Equipment Setup
    • Electrical shock
    • Trip hazards from cords
  • 4. Subfloor Inspection
    • Mould exposure
    • Structural instability
  • 5. Measuring & Cutting
    • Cuts from tools
    • Noise from saws
  • 6. Installation
    • Nail gun injuries
    • Kneeling-related strains
  • 7. Glue Application
    • Chemical exposure
    • Slippery surfaces
  • 8. Sanding
    • Dust inhalation
    • Vibration white finger
  • 9. Sealing
    • Fumes from sealant
    • Fire risk
  • 10. Finishing Touches
    • Splinters
    • Dermatitis from finishes
  • 11. Waste Disposal
    • Cuts from disposed materials
    • Lifting injuries
  • 12. Machine Maintenance
    • Risks from improper handling
    • Electrical hazards
  • 13. Flooring Assessment
    • Trip hazards
    • Incorrect material measurement
  • 14. Power Tool Use
    • Electric shock
    • Cuts and abrasions
  • 15. Cleaning Up
    • Slips due to wet floors
    • Chemical spills
  • 16. Final Inspection
    • Missed defects
    • Overlooked hazardous areas
  • 17. Client Handover
    • Miscommunication
    • Non-compliance with specifications
  • 18. Documentation
    • Paper cuts
    • Eye strain from computer use
  • 19. Tool Storage
    • Falling objects
    • Tripping over tools
  • 20. Review Safety Measures
    • Non-adherence to safety guidelines
    • Complacency

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 Timber Floor Laying 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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