The Confined Spaces Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps associated with working in confined spaces.
This SWMS covers working in confined spaces, as generally defined in the WHS Regulation 2011. This SWMS does not cover working in confined spaces in a mine shaft or workings of a mine.
This SWMS does not cover the “High Risk Construction Work” for working on or near overhead power lines or underground services in sufficient detail. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.
Examples of confined spaces might include: vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells and shafts, when these examples meet the definition of a confined space.
The definition for a confined space under the WHS Regulation 2011 is:
An enclosed or partially enclosed space that:
1) is not designed or intended primarily to be occupied by a person; and
2) is, or is designed or intended to be, at normal atmospheric pressure while any person is in the space; and
3) is or is likely to be a risk to health and safety from:
i. an atmosphere that does not have a safe oxygen level; or
ii. contaminants, including airborne gases, vapours and dusts, that may cause injury from fire or explosion; or
iii. harmful concentrations of any airborne contaminants; or
Main hazards include fatality/serious injury from:- lack of oxygen
- harmful, toxic or flammable gases, vapours or fumes
- fire / explosion
- slips, trips & falls
- exposure to biological hazards
This SWMS includes:
- Safety Notes
- Risk Assessment
- Atmospheric Testing
- Preparation and Entry Permits
- Entry and Exit
- Emergency Response and Rescue
- Record Keeping
This SWMS is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.
- Written by ex WHS inspectors
- Risk ratings before and after control measures
- MS Word format NOT PDF
- Task specific and site specific details easy to add
- Includes easy to complete boxes for Company details and project details
- Employee sign off section
- Review Date: 14 March 2014
- Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks
- Confined Space Rescue
This document has been developed and provided by SafetyCulture Pty Ltd and is offered for sale by ACRIS Services who are licensed resellers for Australia. SafetyCulture employ former WorkSafe Inspectors to research and write documents ensuring safe work practices can be understood and followed by employees performing high risk activities in the course of their duties. SafetyCulture's mission is to make Safety A Way Of Life for workers across the world by providing documentation through software and printable files.
SWMS - Safe Work Method Statement
Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) are required for any high risk activity that is performed by an employee in the workplace. Each document must identify the risks involved when performing the activity, a risk rating for each risk, a safe work method to perform the activity and a residual risk rating for the risks. SafetyCulture SWMS comply with current WH&S legislation in all states across Australia. This document is fully completed with a step by step procedure that can be edited and appended. This is not a blank template, it is a comprehensive procedure that has been researched and developed by a qualified writer.