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Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for Painting projects

This SWMS is a site specific statement that must be prepared before any high risk construction work is commenced.
Principle Contractor: The Invisible Painter Client: Fairlawns Developments Ltd
Description of Job: Decorating of new build site, to include 5 mews cottages and 12 apartments Location: Botley Rd Burridge Hampshire
Date today: 18/04/2009
Project duration: From: 29 Aug 08 To: 1 Dec 08
Person responsible Name: Andrew Bassett Signature: Contact Ph: 07793811755
for ensuring
compliance with this
SWMS

Personal Protective Estimated cost of OH&S


Tools and Equipment required Skills and Competencies required Special permits required
Equipment related equipment

• MSDS • Safety goggles • Hazardous Substances


• Spill kit • Safety goggles • Hazardous substances
• Rollers or spray • Non slip footwear • Manual handling
• MSDS • Non slip footwear • Manual handling
• Washing facilities, • Safety goggles • Hazardous Substances
MSDS • Non slip foot wear • Hazardous substances
• Spill kit • Dust masks • Hazardous Substances
• MSDS • Light weight protective • Scaffolder's competency
• Scaffold clothing • High Scaffold licence and
• Scaffold • Wet weather gear competency
• MSDS • Noise cancelling • Working at heights
• Mechanical sanders earmuffs • MSDS
• Sanding blocks • Harness and lanyard • EWP certificate of competency
• Elevated work platform • Non slip footwear • Scaffolding competency or
• Scaffold • Gloves/ safety glasses accreditation
• Fixed height work • Safety footwear • Working at heights
platform • EWP certificate of competency
• Elevated work platform • Working at heights
• Scaffold • Scaffolding competency or
• Fixed height work accreditation
platform • Working at heights training

Safe Work Method Statement for "The Invisible Painter" 1


• Trolley • Manual handling
• Manual handling
• Manual handling
• Manual handling

Safe Work Method Statement for "The Invisible Painter" 2


Phase 1: Setup
To be actioned
Item Work Activity What are the Hazards/Risks? How will hazards and risks be controlled?
by:
1.1 During Setup Risk of a person falling more than 2 metres Please define a control for this High Risk activity
Use trolley or moving aides to assist in handling and
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moving multiple small items
Repetitive handling of smaller items from vehicle To use additional staff to assist Employer
Provide rest breaks Employer
Use good manual handling skills Painter
1.2 Unload truck Ensure all containers are closed and sealed prior to
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handling
Contact with paint and other hazardous chemicals
Wear personal protective equipment (gloves/safety
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glasses; coveralls, etc)
Only use cleared and maintained pathways and access
Tripping or falling whilst unloading truck or Painter
routes
handling items
Wear safety boots Painter
Hitting members of the public whilst unloading the
Be vigilant Painter
vehicle or carrying items
Reduce size / weight of items prior to handling Painter
Use team handling Painter
Setting up / accessing work areas / Handling large or awkward shaped items when
1.3 Use only employees with specialist skills in manual
clearing work area setting up Employer
handling
Provide rest breaks during prolonged periods of
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physical work

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Phase 2: Preparation
To be
How will hazards and risks be
Item Work Activity What are the Hazards/Risks? actioned
controlled?
by:
Please define a control for this High Risk
2.1 During Preparation Risk of a person falling more than 2 metres
activity
Use mechanical tools for large areas Painter
Use appropriate tools, sanding blocks Painter
Repetitive manual work when hand sanding
Rotate sanding between different members
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of the team
Use alternate hands Painter
Use elevated work platforms to reduce the
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reaches for the staff.
Working in awkward postures, extended reaches, working above Use scaffold Painter
shoulder height Use fixed height work platform Painter
Rotate washing between different members
2.2 Hand sanding Employer
of the team
Wear non slip foot wear Painter
Ensure area is well ventilated Painter
Dust produced from sanding (not hazardous)
Use dust masks Painter
Cease activity during inclement weather Painter
Working in outdoor environments and exposed to adverse weather Wear light weight clothing during hot
conditions (wind, rain, etc) or hot conditions Painter
conditions
Wear wet weather gear Painter
Use support person to ensure active
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Poor or loss of communication during surface preparation work communication is maintained
Provide noise cancelling ear muffs Employer
Increase rest breaks to reduce the
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accumulation of fatigue
Fatigue from prolonged physical activity
Job rotation between high and low physical
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activities
Use elevated work platforms to reduce the
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reaches for the staff.

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Filling and patching, using natural
2.3 Filling surfaces where workers are at heights greater than 2 metres
and synthetic fillers
Use fall arrest harness and lanyard systems Painter
Use scaffold Painter
Use fixed height work platform Painter
Keep surrounding area clear of all
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obstacles and trip hazards
Use skilled staff to use equipment Employer
Wear non slip foot wear Painter

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Phase 3: Painting
To be
Item Work Activity What are the Hazards/Risks? How will hazards and risks be controlled? actioned
by:
Use scaffolds as a work platform. Painter
Follow SWMS of Principle Contractor in regards to the work in there is a
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risk of falls
Only have suitably qualified and experience staff to undertake tasks
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where there is a risk of falls
3.1 During Painting Risk of a person falling more than 2 metres Ensure all working areas and access points are clean and in good
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condition.
Remove unwanted material and construction waste regularly from the site
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so it does not accumulate.
Ensure construction materials, power leads, tools and equipment are
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handled and positioned carefully to avoid creating tripping hazards.
Cover excavations or install temporary barriers to prevent falls into the
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excavation.
Use alternative methods ( rollers or spray) for larger areas Painter
Prolonged repetitive movements and actions when
hand painting Use appropriate brush sizes for the job Painter
Hand (painting) Take rest breaks Painter
3.2
brushing Only use items in small manageable volumes Painter
Lifting and carrying tins and drums of paint. Only hold smaller containers of paint suitable for the immediate area to
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(Holding containers of paint) be painted
Support or suspend containers rather than hold for extended periods Painter
Use appropriate manual handling skills Painter
Use appropriate rollers for the job size / task Painter
Prolonged repetitive movements and actions Rotate staff to reduce individual exposure Employer
Take rest breaks Painter
Use good manual handling skills / postures Painter
Use non hazardous paints and chemicals Employer
Wash off all contact chemicals and paint as soon as practicable Painter
Skin contact with paint Painter

Rolling or pad paint


3.3 Work Method Statement for "The Invisible Painter"
Safe 7
application
Follow recommendations of manufacturers' and suppliers as detailed in
the Material safety data sheet
Clean up all spills immediately and appropriately dispose of any soiled
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materials in airtight containers
Where personal protective equipment (gloves/safety glasses) Painter
Wear safety goggles Painter
Eye contact with paint
Use eye wash facilities (in first aid kit) Painter
Use low level scaffold with hand rail and ladder access Painter
Falls when working at heights ( ladders, scaffold, Use high level scaffolds with hand rail and ladder access Painter
elevated work platforms, on roofs, etc) Use safe work practices and training Painter
Keep surrounding area clear of all obstacles and trip hazards Painter
Wear non slip foot wear Painter
Clear area prior to commencing work tasks Painter
Painting, on uneven surfaces, in stairwells, in
cluttered work areas Maintain housekeeping in area Painter
Wear non slip footwear Painter
Wear safety goggles Painter
Paint splashes into the eyes
Use eye wash facilities (in first aid kit) Painter

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Phase 4: Clean up
To be actioned
Item Work Activity What are the Hazards/Risks? How will hazards and risks be controlled?
by:
4.1 During Clean Up Risk of a person falling more than 2 metres Please define a control for this High Risk activity
All loose items to be removed form elevated work areas prior to
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the deconstruction activities
ensure all item used in the elevated work platforms are secured and
Moving and positioning elevated Hit or struck by items knocked from Painter
4.2 cannot fall from the EWP
work platforms elevated work platform
remove all non essential persons from the intended route of the
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equipment prior to moving
Maintain house keeping in the EWP Painter
alert others to activity Painter
Ensure all chemical containers are fully closed prior to handling to
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avoid spills and accidental contact
Skin contact with paints and other Follow recommendations of manufacturers' and suppliers as
chemicals (non hazardous) Painter
4.3 Cleaning painting equipment detailed in the Material safety data sheet
Clean up all spills immediately and appropriately dispose of any
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soiled materials in airtight containers
ensure all chemical containers are fully closed prior to handling Painter
Eye contact with paint
wear safety goggles Painter

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Sign on to this SWMS
Employees performing the work

1. I have had the work explained to me including what work will be high-risk, the tasks, and associated hazards, risks and controls.
2. I understand that work is to immediately stop if the SWMS is not being followed.
3. I understand that if the controls are not adequate I will stop the work, review the SWMS, and adjust the controls as required with the team.

Name Position Signature Date

Person responsible for the work

1. This SWMS must be retained by the person responsible for the work for the duration of the high-risk construction work.
2. This SWMS has been integrated into the Project Safety Plan and it has been discussed with the relevant employees, contractors and HSRs.

Name Position Signature Date

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