The Communications Jointing Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for the general tasks involved with Communications Jointing
This SWMS does not cover working on Telecommunications Towers or structures above 1.2 m height.
Information included in this SWMS, regarding tasks involved with Communications Jointing, does not cover “High Risk Construction Work” in sufficient detail. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.
Environmental risks may include:
- Pollution of waterways or ground surfaces due to lack of cleanup of waste materials
- Damage to ground surface & vegetation caused by explosions / fires
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.
If jointing work involves the use of Fibre Optic Cables & Lasers:
Precautions must be taken to ensure that no worker is exposed at any time to dangerous levels of laser light as defined in AS2211.
All workers on the testing, jointing, termination or maintenance of fibre optic cables or terminal equipment are adequately trained
The light used for transmission on optical fibres is in a region of the electromagnetic spectrum that the human eye cannot detect.
Even if the light cannot be seen, it can still cause damage to your eyes.
Never look into the end of an optical fibre, pigtail, patch-cord or laser output (e.g. fibre optic transmission system, light source or fault locator).
- People working on cables know what is happening at the other end
- Voice contact with workers at the other end of the cable if possible, or have another communication system in place
- Correct disposal of fibre offcuts
- Fibre off cuts are safely contained and removed from the site.
A fibre microscope must not be used on a fibre unless it can be firmly established that that fibre is not connected to a laser light source (it is “dark”).
Examples of proven dark fibres are:
• A patch lead unconnected at both ends
• An unspliced pigtail
• A pigtail that has been spliced to a cable and that has been checked with a proven level meter to show that it is dark
Note: All other fibres are to be treated as active.
Check with relevant State Regulator to determine any licensing or notification requirements for laser operators & the use of lasers. Never point Lasers at aircraft, vehicles or people.
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