The Water & Sewerage Temporary Services Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for working on temporary services and the connection of temporary services to buildings on construction sites.
Information included in this SWMS, regarding tasks involved with temporary services and the connection of temporary services to buildings on construction sites, 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.
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.
This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is provided in the following document formats
Environmental risks may include:
- Pollution of waterways and water catchment areas due to run off of contaminated waste
- Pollution of water, soil or atmosphere caused by uncontrolled escape of hazardous chemicals
- 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 work involves Confined Spaces:
Use Confined Spaces SWMS for information regarding specific hazards involved with working in Confined Spaces.
Examples of confined spaces involved with temporary connection to buildings might include pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, underground sewers, when these examples meet the definition of a confined space.
Ensure a confined space entry permit is issued for each confined space entry.
Wear appropriate PPE for the specific tasks.
Operate all tools and equipment as instructed by manufacturer. Use equipment SWMS as appropriate.
Follow operational procedures for performing each task involved with cutting into the sewer drainage and for installing the temporary service.
Hazardous Manual Handling:
- Avoid long periods of repetitive movements
- Use mechanical lifting aids when possible e.g. trolleys
- Use two or more people for lifting & moving heavy / awkward loads or equipment
- Regular breaks
- All workers must read and understand the SDS for the hazardous chemicals they are using before commencing work
- Check with operational manuals & chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS) sheets for information
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for use
- Dispose of chemicals correctly
- Clean up any chemical spills