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Building Maintenance Unit - BMU - Operation SWMS

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  • Suitable for those performing maintenance works with a permanent building mainteance unit (BMU)
  • Complies with current legislation in all States and Territories
  • MS Word format for easy customisation/editing
  • Downloading and Customising Instructions provided
  • Assists with compliance requirements for WHS inspections

The Building Maintenance Unit - BMU - Operation Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) covers the safe use of a permanent Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) for building maintenance tasks, servicing, cleaning or installation of plant/equipment (eg: air conditioning systems, signs etc) on high-rise commercial buildings.

The SWMS is a comprehensive 14-page document that outlines the job steps, hazards, risks and control measures associated with the use of a permanent BMU unit for maintenance works. This SWMS does not cover temporary / portable BMU operation.  Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks ensuring it is specific to the task at hand. 

This SWMS includes: 

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Precautions
  • Pre-Start Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Employee sign off section
  • Hierarchy of Controls
  • Risk Assessment Matrix

Product details:

  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Ready to use - not a blank template
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • Provides a framework for training workers
  • Can be used as part of tender applications, WHS inductions, and Toolbox talks

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All operators, involved with the use of the BMU must be trained and competent and hold a current High Risk Work Licence as required by State Regulators. Ensure detailed installation specifications are developed (by competent persons) for the type of anchorage and location.


- Type of anchor required

- Purpose of anchor (free fall, limited free fall, horizontal life-lines, restraint techniques etc.)

- Type of work being undertaken

- Safety factors

- Ultimate strength factors (= when the anchor/structure may yield but not fail).

Placement of anchor:

- Adequate fall distance between operator and lower-level obstructions (machinery, open windows/doors and panels, tree limbs etc.)

- Position of workers

- Correct position to avoid pendulum effect etc.

- Lanyards / lines can be attached from safe position (before entering fall risk area)

- Exposure to environmental factors

- Type of likely fall and angle of incidence.

Rebound forces:

- Fastening devices (ensure all bolts, nuts, washers meet required maximum breaking strength for shear (lateral) and axial (tension) directions. Welds must be subject to non-destructive inspection and testing

- Structure for attachment

- Exact location for attachment to structure

- Method of application/fastening.

Note: Anchor points cannot be fastened to the following:

- Conduit/ cable trays

- Piping / support racks / Vent stacks

- Guards rails/ hand rails

- Wood trusses (unless specifically designed), gable ends, fascia, overhangs,




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