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Foam Cutter Safe Work Method Statement

The Foam Cutter Safe Work Method Statement is a comprehensive and pre-filled document that is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing. It is designed to help project managers, site supervisors, and workers to manage the risks associated with using a foam cutter on site. Here are some key features of this SWMS:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: The SWMS includes all the necessary information about the project, the scope of work, and the risks associated with using a foam cutter on site. It is pre-filled with relevant information, but also fully customisable to suit the needs of your project.
  • Checklist of High-Risk Machinery: The SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery that may be used on site, ensuring that all safety precautions are taken before using the foam cutter.
  • Recording of Staff Training: The SWMS includes a space to record any staff training on the use of the foam cutter, ensuring that all workers are adequately trained and informed about the risks associated with the task.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings: The SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to assess the level of risk associated with the task before and after implementing safety measures.
  • Legislative References: The SWMS includes resources for the use of legislative references, making it easier to comply with safety regulations and standards.
  • PPE Requirements: The SWMS includes all the PPE required for using a foam cutter on site, ensuring that workers are adequately protected from potential hazards.
  • Risk Assessment and Matrix: The SWMS includes a risk assessment and matrix, allowing you to identify and prioritise potential hazards and implement appropriate safety measures.
  • Checklist for Implementation: The SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, ensuring that all safety measures have been taken before using the foam cutter.
  • Sign-off Page: The SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone involved in the project acknowledges and understands the safety measures implemented.
  • Easy to use and customize: The SWMS is easy to use and customize, making it suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly delivered download: The SWMS is instantly delivered as a download, allowing you to start using it immediately.

By using the SWMS for using a foam cutter, you can effectively manage the risks associated with the task and ensure the safety of your workers. It’s a valuable tool for any project manager or site supervisor who wants to prioritise safety and reduce the risk of workplace incidents.

Here is some safety information related to using a foam cutter.


  • Burns from the hot wire
  • Fire hazard from the hot wire
  • Inhalation of fumes from burning foam
  • Electrical hazard

Risk control measures:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Wear appropriate PPE, including gloves, eye protection, and a face shield to protect against burns and inhalation of fumes.
  1. Set-up
  • Ensure that the foam cutter is set up on a level surface and in a well-ventilated area away from flammable materials.
  • Check that the power cord and the foam cutter are not damaged and the electrical outlet is grounded.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and readily accessible in case of an emergency.
  1. Operation
  • Turn on the foam cutter and wait for it to heat up to the desired temperature.
  • Never touch the hot wire with bare hands or any other object.
  • Always use a guide when cutting foam to ensure accuracy and reduce the risk of the wire slipping and causing injury.
  • Do not leave the foam cutter unattended while it is turned on.
  • Switch off the foam cutter when it is not in use.
  1. Maintenance and storage
  • Regularly inspect the foam cutter and its components to ensure they are in good condition.
  • Clean the foam cutter after each use and store it in a safe place away from children and pets.

Emergency procedures:

  • In the event of a fire, switch off the foam cutter and use the nearby fire extinguisher to put out the flames.
  • In case of injury, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Report any incidents or near misses to the supervisor or relevant authority.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey everyone, Gary here and today I want to talk about the importance of policies and procedures when it comes to creating a safe work method statement.

Now, I know that policies and procedures can sometimes feel like a hassle, but trust me when I say that they are absolutely crucial to ensuring that everyone stays safe on the job. Without them, you run the risk of accidents and injuries that could be completely avoided with the right precautions in place.

So, let’s start by defining what a safe work method statement is. In short, it’s a document that outlines the steps that need to be taken in order to complete a specific task safely. It includes things like hazard identification, risk assessments, and the specific controls that need to be put in place to mitigate those risks.

Now, when it comes to creating a safe work method statement, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the policies and procedures that need to be followed. These policies and procedures should be based on best practices and industry standards, and they should be communicated clearly to everyone involved in the project.

One of the key things to keep in mind when developing policies and procedures is that they need to be tailored to the specific needs of your organisation. This means taking into account factors like the type of work you do, the equipment you use, and the specific risks that are associated with your industry.

In order to create effective policies and procedures, you need to start by conducting a thorough risk assessment. This involves identifying all of the potential hazards that could arise during the course of a project, and then assessing the likelihood and severity of each one.

Once you have identified the risks, you can start to develop controls that will help to mitigate them. This could involve things like using specific equipment or tools, implementing specific work practices, or putting in place administrative controls like training or supervision.

It’s also important to consider the hierarchy of controls when developing your policies and procedures. This means starting with the most effective control measures, like eliminating the hazard altogether if possible, and then working your way down to less effective measures like personal protective equipment.

Of course, simply having policies and procedures in place isn’t enough. You also need to make sure that everyone involved in the project is aware of them and knows how to follow them. This means providing comprehensive training and ongoing support, as well as regular communication and feedback.

It’s also important to ensure that your policies and procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect changes in your organisation or industry. This could be in response to new technologies, changes in regulations or standards, or simply new information that becomes available.

So, there you have it – a brief overview of the importance of policies and procedures when it comes to creating a safe work method statement. Remember, the key to success is to tailor your policies and procedures to the specific needs of your organisation, and to ensure that they are communicated clearly and effectively to everyone involved in the project.

By taking the time to develop effective policies and procedures, and by ensuring that they are followed consistently, you can create a culture of safety that will help to protect everyone on the job. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start thinking about how you can implement these important tools in your organisation.


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