This 8-page safe work method statement (SWMS) includes the potential hazards, risks and control measures associated with working in or near water.
All personnel working in or near water must be protected against all potential hazards and risks involved in the work e.g. drowning, overturning of mobile plant/equipment, falls into the water and any environmental hazards must be identified and controlled.
Working in or near water can be dangerous and there are a number of hazards to be aware of, including drowning, electrocution, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, insect bites and stings, sunburn, musculoskeletal injuries, slip and fall hazards and water contamination.
This SWMS provides for the identification of hazards and risks associated with working in or near water. This SWMS covers the necessities of water safety, from understanding hazardous conditions to recognizing warning signs and taking preventive safety measures.
Note: A safe work method statement is mandatory for all construction work that is carried out in or near water, or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning or involves diving work.
Job steps that are covered in the safe work method statement include: