4. Provision of Safe Work Method Statements for high-risk work
4.1 Centrally or regionally engaged contractors
The relevant area of the department is responsible for obtaining and reviewing the supplied Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) and providing a copy to the school, prior to the commencement of works.
4.2 School engaged contractors
The principal and/or their delegate must ensure that a contractor supplies a SWMS or equivalent, prior to the commencement of works, based on the level of risk or as mandated by the department for the following high-risk work:
- confined space entry
- demolition works
- hazardous manual handling
- hot works (for example, welding)
- removal or disturbance of asbestos
- temporary supports for structural alterations
- tilt-up or precast concrete
- trenches or shafts deeper than 1.5 metres
- use of explosives
- use of hazardous substances and dangerous goods
- using powered mobile plant (for example, forklift)
- working at height (2 metres or more)
- work in tunnels
- work that is in, on or nearby:
- artificial temperature extremes (for example, work in an operating cool room or freezer)
- chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
- contaminated or flammable atmospheres
- electrical installations or services
- pressurised gas distribution mains or piping
- telecommunications towers
- water or liquids that pose a drowning risk
If the proposed work requires a SWMS, the works cannot proceed until the principal or their delegate has reviewed and signed the SWMS to verify it has been sighted. A new SWMS will be required if scope of works change.
The principal and/or their delegate is to retain a copy of the completed SWMS and maintain on file.
4.3 Contractors engaged to work in confined spaces
The principal and/or their delegate are to retain the original copy of the confined space entry permit and maintain on file.
Reviewed 22 December 2022