Working Around Water Bodies Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS)


The Working Around Water Bodies 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 Working Around Water Bodies 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

G’day mate! Here’s a quick chat about our Safe Work Method Statement Template for Working Around Water Bodies. This useful tool is jam-packed with features to help make your work on site as safe as a dingo in a dog park. Get a load of these key elements…

Pre-filled and Comprehensive: We’ve done the hard yards for you. Our template kicks off with all the important bits already filled in. Less work for you means more time to get down to business.

Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format: Just like your favourite cordless drill, this tool is designed for flexibility. You can modify any part of it to fit your specific needs on site, right down to the last detail. Need to add something? Just bang on an extra line!

Includes the scope of the project and the project details: So everyone knows what’s happening and why. Keep everybody involved in the loop from start to finish

Includes checklist of any high-risk machinery on site: Stay alert and stay safe with our comprehensive checklist that covers all high-risk machinery on site.

Includes space for recording any staff training: Track every bit of training received by the team, making sure everyone’s up to speed and working safely.

Includes before and after risk ratings: Measure the effectiveness of your control measures and monitor changes in risk levels over time with our before-and-after risk ratings.

Includes resources for use of legislative references: Stay compliant with all Aussie regs thanks to our handy legislative reference section.

Includes all PPE required: We list out all your gear requirements too – from hard hats to steel-toed boots, ensuring each one of you returns home safely at the end of the day.

Includes risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: Assess potential hazards and decide on control measures with our risk assessment tools.

Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: Just like your trusty tape measure, use this feature to make sure nothing’s been missed.

Includes sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons: A space where all the necessary people can sign off that they understand and agree with the contents of the SWMS.

Easy to use, easy to customise: You don’t need a degree in rocket science to make the most of it – straightforward and user-friendly, just how we like it!

Suitable for large contracts and Tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Whether it’s a modular project or a massive infrastructure job, if it is construction work around water bodies, we got you covered.

Quick delivery by email: Right into your inbox, no waiting or chasing required – so you can get stuck into work faster.

The Working Around Water Bodies Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) includes the following job steps and related potential hazards:

  • 1. Preparation
    • Lack of safety awareness
    • Improper PPE usage
  • 2. Site Assessment
    • Slips
    • trips and falls
    • Snake and insect bites
  • 3. Equipment Setup
    • Inadequate equipment
    • Electrical issues
  • 4. Water Sampling
    • Falling into water
    • Eye irritation from water splash
  • 5. Data Collection
    • Incorrect data collection
    • Fatigue
  • 6. Equipment Break Down
    • Potential injury
    • Drowning risk
  • 7. Emergency Evacuation
    • Panic during evacuation
    • Difficulty in locating people
  • 8. Waste Management
    • Exposure to harmful substances
    • Manual handling injury
  • 9. Staff Allocation & Coordination
    • Miscommunication
    • Job role confusion
  • 10. Weather Conditions Awareness
    • Natural hazards (temperature drop
    • storms)
  • 11. Training Staff
    • Inadequate training
    • Accidents occurring post training
  • 12. Review of Safety Procedures
    • Ignoring safety procedures
    • Poor checklist compliance
  • 13. Liaising with Local Authorities
    • Non-adherence to rules
    • Fines and penalties
  • 14. Monitoring Environmental Impact
    • Negative effects on local ecosystem
    • Pollution
  • 15. Evaluation and Reporting
    • Missed reporting deadlines
    • Data loss
  • 16. Post-Project Clean Up
    • Incomplete clean up
    • Damage to property
  • 17. Debriefing Session
    • Miscommunication
    • Not benefiting from lessons learned
  • 18. Equipment Storage
    • Damages during transit
    • Inefficient storage causing functional issues
  • 19. Staff Welfare and Motivation
    • Ignored employee needs
    • Demotivated staff
  • 20. Documentation and Record Keeping
    • Misplacement of important documents
    • Errors in documentation

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 Working Around Water Bodies 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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