The Glass Balustrading Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps involved with the installation of Glass Balustrades, including storage on site and safe handling of glass.
This SWMS does not cover manufacturing glass, glass cutting, lifting glass loads with an overhead crane or forklift, transporting glass to site or installation of glass balustrades in buildings above 4 metres which involves work at height. 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
- Struck by moving object – glass sheets
- Struck by projectiles – glass fragments
- Entrapment / Crushing
- Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
- Slips, trips and falls
- Vehicles/ Mobile Plant
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.
Carrying Glass Panels
- Glass to be carried by use of suctioned glass lifter where pieces of glass are over 1.5m long
- Two or more people required to carry glass panels over 6mm thick
- Glass panels not to be carried over the carrier’s head. Must always be carried to the side of person/s
- When lifted, keep the glass panels upright and keep movements as smooth as possible to reduce flexing
- Glass panels to be strapped together if carrying two panels at one time
- No more than two panels to be carried at any one time
- Where suction lifting pads are used their ability to lift the glass must be tested close to the ground
- Ensure there is room to manoeuvre the glass panels and no obstacles in the way
- Check the end destination is prepared and correct for placement of glass panel.
Do not handle large glass panels during excessive wind or when raining as this significantly increases the risk of serious incidents.
Properly equipped first aid kits must be close to the work area at all times.
Never attempt to catch a falling glass panel.