This Confined Spaces Work Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) outlines the generic job steps, hazards and controls associated with working in confined spaces.
Confined spaces pose dangers because they are usually not designed to be areas where people work. often they have poor ventilation which allows hazardous atmospheres to quickly develop, especially if the space is small.
The hazards aren’t always obvious and they can change over time.
Examples of confined spaces might include vats, tanks, pits, pipes, ducts, flues, chimneys, silos, pressure vessels, underground sewers, wet or dry wells and shafts.
(includes potential hazards and control measures)
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For work carried out on a regular basis a generic SWMS may be prepared and used for those work activities.
Remember: The content of a SWMS should be refined over time and include consultation with workers and other persons conducting a business or undertaking.
Prior to each new activity, each SWMS must be reviewed and revised to ensure they apply to the current work activities and the actual site you are working at.
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