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Generator Portable Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) for working with a portable generator – the perfect tool to help ensure the safety of your team on-site. Here’s why our SWMS stands out from the rest:

Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS is pre-filled with all the necessary details and guidelines, making it a comprehensive solution for anyone working with a portable generator. We’ve included all the essential information so you don’t have to worry about missing any important steps.

Fully Editable and Customisable: We understand that every worksite is unique, which is why our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format. You can easily add or remove information to suit your specific needs, making it a versatile tool for any project.

Scope of the Project and Project Details: Our SWMS includes a scope of the project and project details, helping you to clearly define the parameters of your project and ensure everyone is on the same page.

Checklist of High-Risk Machinery on Site: We’ve included a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, so you can quickly identify and manage potential hazards.

Recording of Staff Training: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training, ensuring that everyone is trained and competent to work with a portable generator.

Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings, allowing you to track the effectiveness of your risk management strategies.

Legislative References: We’ve included resources for use of legislative references, so you can ensure that you are meeting all the necessary legal requirements.

PPE Requirements: Our SWMS includes all PPE required, helping you to ensure that everyone is properly equipped to work safely.

Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: We’ve included a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, allowing you to identify potential hazards and assess the level of risk associated with each one.

Checklist for Implementing the SWMS: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS, so you can be sure that you haven’t missed anything important.

Sign Off Page for Workers and Responsible Persons: We’ve included a sign off page for all workers and responsible persons, helping you to ensure that everyone is aware of the risks and has agreed to follow the SWMS.

Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is designed to be easy to use and easy to customise, so you can focus on getting the job done safely.

Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work. You can trust that our SWMS meets the high standards required for these types of projects.

Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, so you can start using it right away.

At the end of the day, our SWMS is just one tool in your safety toolbox, but we’re confident that it will make a big difference in ensuring the safety of your team.

Here is some safety information related to using a portable generator.


  • Electrocution from contact with electrical wires and components
  • Fire and explosion due to fuel leakage, improper fuel storage or overloading
  • Noise-induced hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to high noise levels
  • Trip and fall hazards due to cables, cords, and hoses

Risk Controls:

  • Only trained and authorised personnel will operate the generator
  • Conduct a pre-start check of the generator before use to ensure it is in safe working order
  • Ensure that the generator is correctly grounded and that all electrical connections are secure
  • Do not operate the generator in wet or damp conditions or in areas where there is a risk of flammable or explosive gases
  • Store fuel in approved containers and in a designated storage area away from ignition sources
  • Only use extension cords that are specifically rated for outdoor use and that have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) installed
  • Ensure that all cords and cables are kept away from walkways and properly secured to prevent tripping hazards
  • Provide appropriate hearing protection to all personnel working in the vicinity of the generator

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of a fire or explosion, evacuate the area immediately and call emergency services
  • In the event of an electrical shock, turn off the generator and call emergency services
  • In the event of a fuel spill, stop the generator and clean up the spill immediately
  • Provide first aid and medical attention to any injured personnel

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • Safety glasses, hard hats, and gloves must be worn by all personnel working in the vicinity of the generator
  • Hearing protection must be worn by all personnel working within 10 meters of the generator
  • Respiratory protection may be required if working in a poorly ventilated area or if using the generator indoors

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hello everyone! Today we’re talking about portable generators and the potential dangers that come with using them. Look, I get it, sometimes you need power on the go, and a portable generator can be a great solution. But you need to be aware of the risks and take the necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe.

First of all, let’s talk about some of the dangers associated with portable generators. The most obvious danger is carbon monoxide poisoning. Portable generators emit carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless gas that can be deadly if inhaled in high enough concentrations. That’s why it’s absolutely essential that you never, under any circumstances, use a portable generator inside your home, garage, or any enclosed space. It’s also important to keep the generator at least 20 feet away from any open windows or doors.

Another danger associated with portable generators is electrical shock. Generators produce high levels of electricity, and if you don’t handle them properly, you could be putting yourself at risk of electrocution. Always read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully before using a generator, and never attempt to modify or repair the generator yourself unless you’re a trained professional.

In addition to these dangers, there are a few other things you need to be aware of when using a portable generator. First of all, make sure you’re using the right type of fuel. Most portable generators run on gasoline, but there are some models that run on propane or diesel. Using the wrong type of fuel can damage the generator and even create a fire hazard.

Another thing to keep in mind is that portable generators can be quite loud. If you’re using a generator in a residential area, be considerate of your neighbours and try to keep the noise to a minimum. You might want to consider investing in a generator that’s designed to be quieter, or using sound barriers to help dampen the noise.

So, with all these dangers in mind, what can you do to stay safe while using a portable generator? First and foremost, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. They’re there for a reason, and ignoring them could put you and others in danger. Make sure you’re using the right type of fuel, and never modify or repair the generator yourself unless you’re a trained professional.

It’s also important to make sure you’re using the generator in a safe location. Never use a portable generator indoors or in an enclosed space, and make sure it’s at least 20 feet away from any open windows or doors. If you’re using the generator outside, make sure it’s on a flat, stable surface and protected from the elements.

Another important safety tip is to make sure you’re using the right type of extension cord. The extension cord you use should be rated for outdoor use and be able to handle the wattage of your generator. Using the wrong type of extension cord can create a fire hazard or damage your generator.

Finally, be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. If you or anyone else around the generator is experiencing these symptoms, move to a safe location and seek medical attention immediately.

In conclusion, portable generators can be a great solution when you need power on the go, but they can also be dangerous if not used properly. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions, use the generator in a safe location, and be aware of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning. With these precautions in mind, you can safely and effectively use a portable generator whenever you need it. Stay safe out there, folks!


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