The Working around Electricity Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document directed at workers who work around live electrical equipment or services in all industries and does not include safe work procedures for qualified persons working with electricity.
This SWMS does not cover work that is not electrical work carried out on telephone, communication and data systems or repair of consumer electrical equipment when unplugged from any electrical socket outlet.
Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.
- electric shock causing serious injury or death
- arcing/explosion/fire causing burns
- toxic gas (resulting from arcing/fire) causing injury or death
This SWMS involves the following “High Risk Construction Work” as per s291 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Working on, in or near):
- energised electrical installations or services.
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.
Conduct visual inspection all equipment before use.
- wires are not exposed
- entire lead is not damaged
- plugs are not damaged
- outlets have covers and are not damaged
- flammable materials are not stored in the vicinity of non-rated outlets/equipment
- equipment has a test tag in place
- equipment in within test date
If damaged or test tag missing, remove from service and follow tag out procedures
Insulating covers and mats used for electrical safety purposes should comply with the relevant Australian Standard
Insulated barriers should be of suitable material to effectively separate electrical workers from adjacent energised equipment.
Insulated covers and mats should be visually inspected for possible defects before and after each use.
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