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Hazardous Substances Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing the Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) specifically designed for working with hazardous substances! Our SWMS is a comprehensive and pre-filled document that is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, making it easy for you to tailor it to your specific project needs. Here are some key features of our SWMS:

  • Comprehensive and Pre-filled: Our SWMS comes pre-filled with all the necessary information you need to get started, including the scope of the project, project details, before and after risk ratings, legislative references, and all PPE required. This makes it easy to get started quickly, without the need for extensive research or preparation.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: Our SWMS is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format, making it easy for you to tailor it to your specific project needs. This means that you can add, delete or modify any information as required, ensuring that your SWMS is fit for purpose and specific to your project.
  • Includes Checklist of High Risk Machinery: Our SWMS includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site, ensuring that all potential hazards are identified and managed appropriately. This helps to keep workers safe and minimises the risk of accidents or incidents.
  • Includes Space for Recording Staff Training: Our SWMS includes space for recording any staff training, ensuring that all workers are adequately trained and competent to carry out their tasks safely.
  • Includes Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, which helps to identify potential hazards and assess the level of risk associated with each hazard. This ensures that appropriate control measures are implemented to minimise the risk of harm to workers.
  • Includes Checklist to Ensure all Requirements are Covered: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS. This helps to ensure that all hazards have been identified, and appropriate control measures have been implemented to minimise the risk of harm to workers.
  • Includes Sign-off Page for Workers and Responsible Persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and has agreed to follow the SWMS. This helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that the SWMS is implemented consistently and effectively.
  • Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, with clear and concise instructions provided throughout. This ensures that everyone can understand and implement the SWMS effectively, regardless of their level of experience or expertise.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work. This ensures that you can bid for larger projects with confidence, knowing that you have a comprehensive and effective SWMS in place.
  • Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, ensuring that you can get started quickly and easily. This means that you can save time and focus on what really matters – keeping your workers safe.

Overall, our SWMS is a comprehensive and effective solution for working with hazardous substances. It provides all the necessary information and tools to manage risk effectively, and it is fully editable and customisable to meet your specific project needs. So why wait? Download our SWMS today and start managing risk effectively on your next project!

Here is some safety information related to working with hazardous substances.

Hazardous Substances:

Hazardous substances are any substances that have the potential to cause harm to the health and safety of workers or the environment. Examples of hazardous substances include but are not limited to:

  • Chemicals (e.g., cleaning products, pesticides, and fertilisers)
  • Solvents (e.g., acetone, benzene, and xylene)
  • Paints and coatings (e.g., lead-based paints)
  • Asbestos
  • Dust and fibers (e.g., silica and wood dust)
  • Biological agents (e.g., viruses and bacteria)

Risk Assessment:

Before handling hazardous substances, a risk assessment must be conducted to identify the hazards associated with the substance and the potential risks to workers and the environment. The risk assessment should consider the following:

  • The properties of the substance (e.g., flammable, toxic, corrosive)
  • The quantity and frequency of use
  • The location and ventilation of the work area
  • The availability of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • The training and experience of workers

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

PPE should be provided to workers who handle hazardous substances. The PPE provided will depend on the type of hazardous substance and the risks associated with it. Examples of PPE that may be required include:

  • Respirators
  • Protective gloves and clothing
  • Eye and face protection
  • Hearing protection

Storage and Handling:

Hazardous substances must be stored and handled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and relevant legislation. The following guidelines should be followed:

  • Store hazardous substances in a designated area away from other materials.
  • Use appropriate labeling and signage to identify hazardous substances.
  • Store hazardous substances in containers that are designed for the substance and are in good condition.
  • Ensure that containers are securely closed and stored in a manner that prevents spills or leaks.
  • Keep the storage area clean and well-ventilated.


Hazardous substances must be disposed of in accordance with relevant legislation and local government requirements. The following guidelines should be followed:

  • Dispose of hazardous substances in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Use approved disposal methods and facilities.
  • Do not pour hazardous substances down drains or dispose of them in general waste bins.
  • Keep records of hazardous substances that have been disposed of.

Emergency Procedures:

In the event of an emergency involving hazardous substances, the following procedures should be followed:

  • Notify all workers in the area of the emergency.
  • Follow the emergency response procedures outlined in the workplace’s emergency plan.
  • Use appropriate PPE when responding to the emergency.
  • Contact emergency services if required.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, it’s Gary, and today I want to talk to you about something very important: the dangers and safety recommendations for working with hazardous substances.

When it comes to working with hazardous substances, safety should always be your top priority. These substances can pose serious risks to your health and the environment, so it’s crucial that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you.

One of the biggest dangers of working with hazardous substances is exposure. Exposure can occur through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact, and can lead to a range of health problems, from minor irritation to long-term health conditions and even death.

To minimize the risks of exposure, it’s important to always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the task at hand. This may include gloves, goggles, respirators, or other specialised equipment. Make sure that your PPE is in good condition and fits properly, and never remove it while working with hazardous substances.

Another important safety consideration is proper handling and storage of hazardous substances. These substances should always be stored in designated areas, away from incompatible materials and sources of heat or ignition. Follow all manufacturer instructions for handling and storage, and never mix different substances unless you are certain that it is safe to do so.

It’s also important to be aware of the hazards associated with specific substances. Some substances may be flammable, corrosive, or reactive, and may require special handling or disposal procedures. Always consult the safety data sheet (SDS) for the substance you are working with, and follow all recommended precautions and procedures.

In addition to the risks associated with exposure to hazardous substances, there may also be environmental risks to consider. Improper disposal of hazardous substances can contaminate the soil, air, and water, leading to serious environmental damage. Always follow proper disposal procedures for hazardous substances, and never dispose of them in the regular trash or down the drain.

Finally, it’s important to be aware of the signs of exposure to hazardous substances. These may include skin irritation, respiratory problems, nausea, dizziness, or other symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Working with hazardous substances can be dangerous, but with the right precautions and procedures, you can minimize the risks and stay safe. Always prioritise safety, follow all recommended procedures, and stay aware of the hazards associated with the substances you are working with. Remember, your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around you, depend on it.

Stay safe out there, and until next time, this is Gary, stay safe!


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