The Working with Contaminated Soil Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety procedures for remediation and/or removal of contaminated soils from sites.
Soil contamination is caused by the presence of xenobiotic (human-made) chemicals or other alteration in the natural soil environment. It is usually caused by industrial activity, agricultural chemicals, or improper disposal of waste. The most common chemicals involved are hydrocarbons (petroleum, polynuclear aromatics) solvents, pesticides, lead, and other heavy metals.
This SWMS does not cover the handling or removal of soils containing Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM). (Refer to Asbestos SWMS)
This SWMS does not cover the operation of mobile plant and machinery, used in the remediation of soils or removal of soil from sites in sufficient detail.
Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.
Main hazards include:
- Fire / explosion
- Chemical Burns
- Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals – ingestion, inhalation, absorption, asphyxiation
- Working near/with mobile plant/vehicles
- Working near underground services
Environmental risks may include death/damage or injury to vegetation and animals, pollution of waterways and water catchment areas and pollution of the atmosphere by toxic dust or vapours.
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.
Unloading equipment, tools, plant and vehicles:
On arrival to site, delivery vehicles must park in the specified area. Driver must make contact with site supervisor and be instructed regarding appropriate area to unload.
Traffic Management Plan must be in place prior to unloading.
Truck drivers are required to stay inside the cabin until the truck has been loaded and they can drive to the designated area to tarp up.
Delivery vehicle drivers unloading in contaminated areas must be inducted into the relevant SWMS prior to unloading if they are required to exit the truck cab.
Once equipment has been unloaded, it needs to be relocated to the required work area or stored in the nominated area so it does not obstruct the roadways, public areas, haul roads and access routes.
Vehicles (including plant) must proceed through the designated decontamination area prior to leaving site. All vehicles must have wheels washed as a minimum.
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