The Fluid Assemblies & Connections Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive document outlining the safety steps for the removal and installation, repair and replacement of fluid connector assemblies and connections in plant and machinery on sites.
This SWMS does not cover Working in Confined Spaces, Working at Height, Working on Vessels or the use of powered tools and equipment (such as Grinders, Drills, Saw, Lathes etc.) in sufficient detail.
Dedicated SWMS should be developed for these tasks, and for any risks not covered in this SWMS.
- Struck by mobile plant or vehicle
- Struck by moving objects / projectiles
- Work at Heights
- Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) from hazardous manual tasks
- Slips, trips & falls
- Hearing Loss
- Work near or on chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
- Artificial extremes of temperature
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.
Hot fluids - Treat all fluid leaks as though they are pressurised and hot enough to burn human skin.
Whipping Hoses - If a pressurised hose/tube assembly blows apart, the fittings can be thrown off at high speed, and the loose hose can flail or whip with great force. If this hazard exists, consider the use of guards and hose restraints to protect against injury.
Fire/Explosion - If fluid escapes from a pressurised system, a mist of fine spray may be formed. The fluid may then flash or explode upon contact with an ignition source. Use area guards, hose shields, and route fluid conductors to minimise the risk of combustion.
Static Electric Discharge - Fluid passing through fluid conductors can generate static electricity, resulting in a static electric discharge. This may create sparks that can ignite system fluids or gases in the surrounding atmosphere. If this hazard exists, select fluid conductors specifically designed to carry the static electricity charge to ground, to reduce the risk of injury or damage.
Electric Shock - Electrocution could occur if hydraulic tubing conducts electricity to a person. Electrical wiring and hydraulic lines should be isolated by being separated and securely fastened to avoid contact.
Mechanisms Controlled by Fluid Power - Mechanisms controlled by fluid in tubing/ hoses may become hazardous when a tube or hose fails. Objects supported by the pressurised fluid may inadvertently fall on a person/s causing serious injury or death.