Safe Work Method Statement Form (SWMS) Pool Heating Installations

This document is to be read in conjunction with any site specific adjustments as identified by the risk assessment, site induction and toolbox meeting record and must be completed on every site before starting work.

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      • Assessment of Risk:
        CLASS 1: (High Risk) Potential to kill or permanently disable
        CLASS 2 (Medium Risk) Potential to cause serious injury or illness
        CLASS 3 (Low Risk) Potential to cause minor injury
        Steps in Activity Potential Hazards Risk Class Risk Control Measure Person Responsible Risk Class Controls In Place
        Conduct Contactless Site Visit Interaction with people while onsite PPE including, Mask, Hand Sanitiser, Gloves & Social Distance 1.5M
        Site Induction Uninformed workers on
        Site could cause injury to
        themselves or others
        All persons on site must carry with them a
        Current General construction induction card
        at all times.
        Where required ensure that site specific induction training is attended prior to working onsite.
        Ensure all personnel are informed of any changes to potential risks and hazards at the earliest opportunity by way of toolbox meeting
        Personal Protective
        Clothing and
        Personal Injury Prior to commencement of work ensure PPE is adequate for all tasks and in serviceable condition including suitable safety (capped) footwear, fully enclosed and slip resistant when working in elevated areas or on ladders.
        Eye protection, Ear protection, Head protection
        Safety harness and associated equipment for working at heights
        Tie off equipment and ladder brackets to ensure ladders are properly secured
        Ensure first aid kit is available.
        Working Outdoors Sunburn, skin cancer
        Eye damage, heat stroke
        Wear broad brimmed hat, safety sunglasses, sun protective clothing and 30+ sunscreen
        Maintain hydration, drink plenty of water.
        Take regular breaks.
        Personnel and Pedestrian Access Trip, slip hazards
        Risk of falling objects
        Clear obstacles from around work area, prior to commencement and during work.
        Keep pathways free of trip hazards.
        Cordon off area where potential for injury from falling objects is present.
        Power tools Electrocution
        Eye injuries
        Hand injuries
        Use the correct tool for the task at hand
        Where possible use battery powered tools
        Keep electrical tools away from water
        Tools with power leads are to be checked that they are in test and tagged before use
        Power tools are to be connected via RCD safety switch which should be tested prior to use. Check power leads for damage prior to each use Wear the correct PPE to protect eyes
        Wear gloves as required to prevent hand damage.
        Weather conditions Dehydration
        Changing conditions
        Causing slippery surfaces
        Check weather conditions/forecast . If unfavourable reschedule. Stop work, secure installation and leave roof is signs of storm is evident. Whilst working in heat protect body with sun hat sunscreen and sunglasses Maintain hydration .
        Hand Tools Repetitive strain injury
        When using hacksaws ensure a firm but comfortable grip use long smooth strokes.
        Ensure all guards are in place
        When using utility knives ensure work is carried out on a firm surface and the cut is made away from the body.
        Noise Hearing loss All persons exposed to high noise levels should wear appropriate hearing protection as required
        Lifting Solar Panels
        Into Place
        Potential back injury
        Risk of fall
        Do not carry panels whilst scaling a ladder, (3 points of contact required at all times (2 hands one foot, one hand 2 feet)
        Secure rope to panel and pull up once on roof.
        Where possible fix mounting pads to roof prior to lifting panels into place to prevent them from sliding down roof.
        Ensure e roof is dry
        Manual Handling Back injuries
        Risk of fall
        Before manually lifting consider use of mechanical assistance or another person to assist. Ensure that the path you wish to take is free of obstructions and slip hazards.
        Ensure the end location is clear prior to moving. Avoid awkward posture
        Bend knees and lift close to body, avoid bending back.
        Fitting Solar Collector Collector sliding off roof
        Reduced access around collector. Slip, Fall risk.
        Exposure to Asbestos
        Determine roof material before drilling or cutting if Asbestos is suspected. If so ensure work is controlled and appropriate PPE is employed. Ie wet surface and respirator and overalls to be worn..
        Ensure sufficient work area around panels.
        If working on a roof with a pitch greater than 5 degrees a harness is to be worn and attached to a suitable anchor point rated at a minimum of 15kN per person.
        Consider edge protection or the use of a platform as first choice.
        If impractical use a ladder with appropriate ladder bracket to secure to structure. Have phone with you in event of fall to call for assistance.
        Cutting of Solar Pipe to required length Risk of fall or falling pipe work Where possible cut pipe work to length and assemble on the ground prior to lifting into place to reduce risk of part or person falling from roof
        Glue and Secure PVC, Fittings and Manifolds Exposure to glue fumes, potential combustible material Ensure work area is well ventilated
        Ensure gloves, eye wear are worn
        Keep glue away from naked flame
        Installing pump and Controller Indoors Water leak electrocution
        Slip hazard
        Ensure adequate drainage of area in case of leak.
        Where possible use battery powered equipment.
        Use RCD if using powered equipment.
        Be aware of where mains power runs within walls before drilling/cutting.
        Mount controller in location where it is unlikely to be immersed in water in event of a pipe failure.
        Wear appropriate footwear to prevent slip
        Installing pumps and controllers outdoors Ingress of water
        Determine weatherproof location for electrical equipment where it is unlikely to be affected by adverse weather to prevent risk of electrical shock
        Test and commission Water leaks
        Ensure that all joints are glued and that the glue has cured sufficiently.
        Inspect whole system thoroughly to ensure no leaks or potential contact with power source
        Clean up work area Trip slip hazard
        Falling material hazard
        Conduct an inspection of the entire work area ensuring that no tools or equipment has been left behind.
        That walking surfaces are clear of trip hazards and no substances are left behind that could cause a slip hazard.
        Ensure everything on the roof has been removed or secured to prevent items from falling on persons below.
        Applicable Legislation Title
        Prevention of Falls In General Construction Code of practice No 28,2004
        Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction Code of practice No 29,2004
        AS 1892.5 1999 Portable ladders Part 5 :Selection, safe use and care
        AS 1470 1986 Health and Safety at Work – Principles and Practices

        Brief each team member on this SWMS before commencing work.
        Ensure Team knows that work is to immediately stop if the SWMS is not being followed.
        Observe work being carried out. If controls are not adequate, stop the work, review the SWMS, adjust as required and re-brief the team.
        Retain this SWMS for the duration of the high risk construction work.


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        Authorised Australian Energy System Representative to approve SWMS

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