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Window Cleaning - BMU SWMS

Window Cleaning - BMU SWMS

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  • Covers the safe use of a permanent (Building Maintenance Unit) BMU for window cleaning on high-rise commercial buildings.

The Window Cleaning - BMU Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensvice document that outlines the job steps, hazards, risks and control measures for Window Cleaning works for a permanent building maintenance unit. 

This SWMS does not cover temporary / portable BMU operation. Dedicated SWMS should be developed for any risks not covered in this SWMS.

The SWMS includes:

  • PPE
  • Job Steps: 
    • Planning
    • Preparation
    • Safety Precautions
    • Pre - start Inspection
    • Operation
    • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Worker Sign off
  • Risk Assessment Matrix 

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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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