The Demolition Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for demolition of Plant and Structures. (Not including the disassembling of formwork, scaffolds or other temporary structures used in construction or the removal of light, power or telecommunications towers). This SWMS details the risk management processes and procedures that need to be followed when preparing to demolish structures and plant.
This SWMS is designed to be used as an accompanying document to task specific SWMS and does not cover:
- Use of plant or machinery (e.g. excavators, cranes, elevated work platforms)
- Specific work tasks (e.g. using power tools, erecting scaffold)
- Use of explosives
- Work in Confined Spaces
- Working At Height
- Managing Noise & Hearing Loss in the Workplace
Due to the high-risk nature of demolition work, specific SWMS will need to be implemented for these tasks / undertakings prior to commencing any activity.
Demolition Work may include ‘high risk’ construction tasks such as the removal of asbestos, materials containing lead or PCB, or working at heights, (a full list of regulated ‘high risk’ activities is defined in s291 Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011). If any of these listed activities are undertaken as part of a project, a dedicated SWMS must incorporate that activity.
Demolition works may require a licence. Check with your local Work Health and Safety regulatory body and the National Occupational licensing system authority (NOLA) to seek advice. Further licences may also be required for certain activities such as using explosives or other high risk work
Note: Written notice must also be provided to the regulator at least five (5) days prior to the commencement of demolition work if the following conditions apply:
(s142. Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011)
This SWMS includes:
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.
Remove demolished materials. Ensure:
- Progressively remove any material from site to avoid stockpiling (consider fire hazards, leaching to environment etc.)
- Material disposed of in approved location
- Traffic management plan in use for loading machinery and trucks arriving and leaving site
- Drop zones, if working at height, should be clearly defined by barricades and appropriate warning signs to prevent unauthorised entry
- Do not let demolished materials free fall (use chutes or lower by crane etc.)
- If dropping through lift wells or other enclosed areas ensure all access to these areas is securely barricaded to prevent access (ensure barricade of sufficient design and strength to prevent any material being ejected into other areas).
- Securely attached to the building or scaffold.
- All chute areas provided with edge protection and safe dumping access.
- Bottom of chute area barricaded to prevent entry
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