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Septic Tank - Vacuumation SWMS

Septic Tank - Vacuumation SWMS

Product SKU: 10345
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  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections
  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

The Septic Tank – Vacuumation Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the use of a vacuumation truck to empty septic tanks.

The Septic Tank – Vacuumation Work Method Statement (WMS) 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.

This SWMS involves the vacuuming out of septic tanks using a vacuumation truck. This does not cover entry into a confined space. A dedicated confined space SWMS and entry permit system must be in place for these activities.

Main hazards include:

  • Falls /Engulfment /Drowning
  • Exposure to hazardous /flammable atmosphere (hydrogen sulphide gas (toxic), methane gas (flammable)
  • Exposure to biological cotangents (raw sewerage and waste products)
  • Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
  • Noise
  • Environmental impacts:
  • Contamination
  • Noise

This SWMS includes the following “High Risk Construction Work" as defined by Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011:

  • Possible confined spaces
  • Possible live electricity
  • Mobile Plant
  • Drowning
  • Working with flammable atmosphere

The Septic Tank - Vacuumation Work Method Statement can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

The Septic Tank - Vacuumation SWMS includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Employee Sign Off Section
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Risk Assessment Matrix

Related items:

Operation: (extract only)

When complete:

  • Inspect area.
  • Ensure all waste materials are removed from site and no spills/contamination have occurred.
  • Replace cover.
  • Check that cover is in good condition and that it is seated as required.

Waste Disposal:

  • Ensure EPA approvals in place (for prescribed waste, waste truck etc).
  • Truck has required codes/signage displayed.
  • Disposal procedures are followed.
  • After disposal, truck body and hose are cleaned free of contamination.
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