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Plumbing - Sewerage - Drainage SWMS

Plumbing - Sewerage - Drainage SWMS

Product SKU: 10381
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  • Complies with current legislation in all States and Territories
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  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

The Sewerage and Drainage Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the construction of ground level sewerage and drainage.

The Sewerage and Drainage 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.

This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) provides guidance on construction of residential and commercial ground level sewerage and drainage. This includes the planning, preparation, operation and emergency procedures involved with installing new drainage and sewerage from ground floor height to an existing sewer line.


Remember: The content of the SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking. Prior to each new activity, the SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure it applies to the high risk construction work and the actual site you are working at.


Document Format
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats 


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This SWMS does not included suspended or other sewerage and drainage installation above ground floor height.

This SWMS in part addresses the following High Risk Construction Work as defined by Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011:

- Mobile plant

- Fall risks over 1.8m

- Live electricity

- Confined space

- Possible excavation/tunnel works (1.5m or more)

Note: This SWMS may not cover the above listed high risk activities in sufficient detail. Additional SWMS may be required to address the specific situation, or this SWMS modified to suit.                                                            

The Sewerage and Drainage Work Method Statement can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

The Sewerage and Drainage SWMS includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Transport
  • Operation – General
  • Operation – Installing drainage pipe and fittings
  • Mixing concrete
  • Leakage testing 

Ready to Use

Save time with our pre-filled, fully customisable templates. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks ensuring it is specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and inclusion in your overall WHS System.

Product details:

  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • Provides a framework for training workers
  • Can be used as part of tender applications, WHS inductions, and Toolbox talks

Related items:

  • Manual Handling – Hazardous Manual Tasks
  • Trench Work
  • Trench Collapse
  • Confined Spaces
  • Contact with Utilities 

Operation – Installing drainage pipe and fittings: (extract only)

  • Priming fluid and solvent cements. Ensure:
  • Only glues recommended by pipe manufacturer
  • Have applicable SDS on hand
  • Wear appropriate PPE as per SDS
  • Use only in well ventilated area
  • FLAMMABLE LIQUID - Do not use near sources of ignition
  • Do not work in static positions or awkward postures for more than 2 hours over entire shift, or 30 minutes at a time

Tapping into existing sewer system. Ensure:

  • Waterproof gloves are worn
  • Safety glasses with splash protection or face shield is worn
  • Clean water, soap, towel and nail brushes are available
  • Sterile wipes and dressings available

Ensure atmosphere in trench is monitored for contaminants as required. Examples:

  • Carbon monoxide can build up in trench from operation of plant in close proximity.
  • Oxygen may be displaced by other gases from sewer
  • Solvents from PVC piping
  • Gases from surrounding land and water
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