The Underground Services – Locating – Air Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the use of compressed air to locate underground services.
The Underground Services – Locating – Air 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 Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) provides guidance on conducting compressed air excavation (Pot-holing) for underground service locating. This SWMS covers the planning and preparation of the activity, transport of a trailered diesel compressor, equipment and Utilitrac vacuum unit, Safe setup and operation of all equipment, maintenance, review and emergency management procedures.
Any work associated with excavation is considered construction work under S289 (2) (f) of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011. Section 291 (a–r) further defines ‘high risk construction’ tasks that require a Safe Work Method Statement to be in place before commencing activity.
This SWMS does not cover in detail the following:
A dedicated SWMS addressing these items must be put in place if applicable and used in conjunction with this SWMS
(Note: this list may not be inclusive and reference must be made to Section 291 (a –r) of the WHS Regulation 2011)
The Underground Services – Locating – Air Work Method Statement can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.
The Underground Services – Locating – Air SWMS includes: