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Refrigeration - Installation SWMS

Refrigeration - Installation SWMS

Product SKU: 10366
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  • Provides a framework for training workers
  • Addresses generic risks and hazards
  • MS Word format allows you to make changes to the document
  • Can be used as part of tender applications, WHS inductions, and Toolbox talks
  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

The Refrigeration - Installation Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the installation and maintenance of refrigerant systems.

The Refrigeration - Installation Work Method Statement (WMS) 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.

This SWMS involves the installation and maintenance of self-contained, low charged refrigerant systems. This SWMS does not cover maintenance of high-pressure systems or use of anhydrous ammonia refrigerant in bulk. This does not cover working at heights or working on live electrical installations in sufficient detail. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.

Hazards may include electric shock, falls from heights, exposure to high pressure, exposure to liquefied gases (temperature extremes) and potential for musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks. Accidental release of refrigerant gas can displace oxygen in low-ventilated areas and decompose in the presence of flames (such as hot works) to create toxic atmospheric contaminants. Environmental risks may include venting of fluorocarbon refrigerant into the atmosphere.

This SWMS involved the following “High Risk Construction Work” (Working on, in or near):

  • Refrigerant lines
  • Live electricity
  • Falls risks 2m or more

The Refrigeration - Installation Work Method Statement can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

The Refrigeration - Installation SWMS includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Completion and Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Employee Sign Off Section 
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Risk Assessment Matrix

Product Details

  • 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

Related items:

  • Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • LOTO – Lock Out Tag Out
  • Working around electricity
  • Power Tools
  • Heights (safe working at)

Operation: (extract only)

Refrigerant charging:

  • Workers are licensed to handle fluorocarbon refrigerant (Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995)
  • Relevant information /guidance / Codes of Practice provided to workers
  • Charging to be carried out in compliance with AS/NZS 1677.2:1998
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for refrigerant evacuation
  • Ensure system brought to zero state
  • After evacuation, the vacuum pump must be isolated from the system.
  • Conduct leak tests as required on existing systems
  • Check for contaminants (such as refrigerant oil). If oil is present, determine if repairs are required.
  • Tube piercing / line tap valves must be used only for temporary access and removed after service
  • Use virgin-refrigerant gas for charging
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for charging.
  • When complete, ensure appropriate labels are placed on the system to indicate the type of refrigerant used.

Note: Where it is unclear the type of refrigerant gas already in a system, this must be vented and purged before charging. 

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