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This Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) uploaded by HSE Documents outlines the procedures and precautions to ensure a safe working environment for all personnel involved in interior fit-out activities. It addresses common hazards associated with this type of work, including manual handling, exposure to dust and chemicals, falls from height, and use of power tools.

The SWMS details control measures to mitigate these risks, such as the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), safe work practices for lifting and carrying materials, proper ventilation for dust control, and electrical safety protocols.  This document serves as a guide for workers and supervisors, promoting a proactive approach to safety during the interior fit-out project.

Remember, this SWMS is a starting point and should be adapted to the specific details of your project. It's crucial to consult with relevant regulations and standards for your region to ensure complete compliance.

Table of Contents

1.0. Scope

2.0. Qualifications & Experience

3.0. Personnel Duties & Responsibilities

4.0. Training Requirements

5.0. Plant & Equipment

6.0. Maintenance checks

7.0. Prescribed Occupations and Scheduled Work

8.0. Procedure

9.0. Selection and Use

10.0. Procedure:

10.1. Hazardous Substances

10.2. Employers Responsibilities

10.3. Hazardous Substances

10.4. Electrical

10.5. Inspection and Tagging

10.6. Scaffolds

10.7. Scaffolds - continued

10.8. Top Plate Hung Brackets

10.9. Top Plate Hung Brackets

10.10. Scaffolds over 4m fall height

10.11. Edge Protection

10.12. Single-plank working platforms

10.13. Placement of Loads on Working Platform

10.14. Working at Height

10.15. Falling Object Protection

11.0. Risk Assessment

1.0. Scope

This Safe Work Method Statement is to be used by all workers and subcontractors employed by [Company Name] as Complete Office Fitouts as a guideline to perform works as Interior Fitouts and installers This SWMS is used as a guide for work involved in the following work. This work may include the following:

Site establishment

Demolition of existing fit-outs.

Rubbish Removal

Installation & Fitout


Electrical installation


Carpet layers

HVAC Works

Plasters / Plastering


Glass & aluminium Installers

All construction works completed on this project will be reviewed by the trades involved to make alterations to this SWMS. This review will be completed by all trades involved at the time of construction.

2.0. Qualifications & Experience

Relevant State WHS Safety Induction for Construction Work

Competency certificate for the relevant trade

Subcontractors must supply a competency assessment register with their worker's details for approval by this Company.

3.0. Personnel Duties & Responsibilities

Comply with NSW/Government safety requirements

Comply with Superintendent Safety requirements

Comply with the Subcontractor and Principal Contractor SMP

Comply with relevant state Work Cover requirements

Operate equipment within safe limits and maintain safe work areas at all times

Observe site-specific safety rules

4.0. Training Requirements

Site induction to be completed to the Principal Contractor’s & Superintendent’s requirements

Use of personal protective equipment at all times.

Workers must have the approval of the Supervisor to work on-site

Engineering details, certificates, and Work Cover approvals required:

Council-approved plans (if required)

Induction Certificates to be recorded in the Safety Management Plan

Installation certification is to be supplied by the Principal contractor Codes of Practice & Legislation are to be complied with

Advisory Standards

Dangerous Goods Safety Management Act 2000

WHS Act 2011

WHS Regulation 2011

Electrical Practices for Construction Work

The Plumbing and Drainage Act 2011

5.0. Plant & Equipment



Electrical equipment

Laser Level

Concrete vibrator

Power tools

Pneumatic Tools

Gas Powered tools

Hardhats, safety boots

Eye protection

Dust mask

High visibility clothing

Sun protection

6.0. Maintenance checks

Daily pre-start checks by the operator

Maintenance by a competent person to Manufactures Specifications

All hired plant/equipment must be supplied with proof of maintenance checks

As a Guideline [Company Name] Complete Office Fitouts personnel are aware of the following Workplace Requirements when reviewing the above SWMS.

7.0. Prescribed Occupations and Scheduled Work  

The Principal Contractor and relevant state WHS Regulations require persons employed to perform scheduled works in prescribed occupations to be trained and hold certification relevant to the work being performed.

Management and workers must be aware of their responsibilities under the WHS Regulations.

An assessment of the scheduled work to be performed and worker certification required must be included in the employer’s Safety Management Plan, Job Safety Analysis (JSA) section and be provided to the Principal Contractor before work commences.

A list of worker competencies with proof of certification for each worker is to be provided to the Principal Contractors before work commences.

Regulations provide exceptions for trainees; however, the regulations must be complied with regarding training, supervision and the keeping of records.

8.0. Procedure

Employers are to supply employees with appropriate PPE as determined by hazard analysis assessment that is documented in the Job Safety Analysis or Work Method Statements.

9.0. Selection and Use

Employers will ensure all items of PPE are manufactured, used and maintained according to the relevant Australian Standards. Proof of Australian Standards compliance will be provided i.e. labelling

All issues of PPE to each individual are to be recorded in the employer's Safety Management Plan.

Each employee will be instructed in the correct use and maintenance of the PPE item before use.

The employee when signing for the receipt of a PPE item should also acknowledge receipt of the relevant training

As a general guide, no person should be required to lift, lower or carry loads above 55kg unless mechanical assistance or team lifting arrangements are provided. It is also generally accepted that adults are less likely to have a back injury if the objects are kept below 16kg.

The weights between 16kg and 55kg therefore require more care in the assessment process. Mechanical assistance and/or team lifting arrangements should be provided to reduce the risk of injury associated with these heavier weights.

10.0. Procedure:

The following procedures are to be adopted on-site and the Contractors Safety Management Plan covering this aspect is to be reviewed to ensure compliance with these minimum provisions:

Manual handling risk assessments are undertaken for all high-risk manual handling tasks and appropriate control measures are implemented.

Mechanical equipment is to be used for manual handling tasks where applicable.

Workers are to be trained and instructed in back care and manual handling

10.1. Hazardous Substances 

Before any substance deemed to be hazardous is brought to the workplace a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is to be supplied by the Sub Contractor or person bringing the substance to the workplace.


A Register of MSDS of all hazardous substances is to be maintained by the Site Supervisor. The First Aid attendant should also be aware of the MSDSs. Some products requiring MSDSs include:

Paints, varnishes and solvents

Glues, adhesives, jointing compounds, concrete sealants and encapsulates.

Industrial cleaning agents

Insulation materials

Cement and refractory products

Pesticides and herbicides

Welding fluxes and rods

Chemical anchors

Gases, inert and toxic

Motor fuels and lubricants

Substances of a like nature

Bitumen and cutting agents

10.2. Employers Responsibilities

When a hazardous substance is first supplied to a workplace the person in charge shall advise all employees required to use the product of the requirements concerning safe storage, use and handling of the substance.


All storage and use of hazardous substances will be by the MSDS.

All hazardous substances will be stored in their original containers with the label intact at all times.

Hazardous substances of any quantity will not be stored in crib rooms, container sheds or offices.

10.3. Hazardous Substances 


Where practicable the material with the lowest possible hazard capability that meets the technical requirements for the job will be used.

Refer to the Work Cover Publications for advice.

Advice on a substance may be obtained from a chemical database e.g. Chemwatch

Before using the hazardous substance all workers involved in its use will be provided with adequate information and training to allow safe completion of the required task.

Confirmation of this training will be provided by a “sign off” on the Hazardous Substances Register.

Contractors using hazardous substances must include all required information in their Safety Management Plan for approval by the Principal Contractor before work commences.

10.4. Electrical 

The Principal Contractor and Sub-Contractors will ensure the use of electrical wiring, portable tools and extension leads will be by relevant state WHS Regulations, Codes of Practice and Australian Standard AS-3000 Wiring Rules.

Regular inspections of electrical equipment used on-site and workshop must be completed to ensure continued compliance.

10.5. Inspection and Tagging

All electrical leads, power tools, junction boxes and earth leakage devices are to be inspected, tested and tagged by a qualified person at regular intervals to comply with relevant state WHS regulations. Test frequency for NSW domestic construction is each two months and each month for commercial/industrial construction.


Regulations require a register of all electrical equipment to be used on the worksite or workshop to be recorded including the inspection expiry date as shown on the test tags.

Subcontractors must provide a copy of the register to the principal contractor as part of their Safety Management Plan before work commences.

10.6. Scaffolds 

All scaffolds must be erected and maintained to AS/NZS 1576.1:2010 Scaffolding – General requirements and other relevant legislative requirements.

10.6.1. Scaffold Planks


Scaffold planks of solid timber, vertically laminated timber or metal shall comply with the dimensional and performance requirements of AS 1577:1993 – Scaffold Planks. The minimum width of a scaffold plank shall be 220mm. Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) scaffold planks shall comply with the width and performance requirements of AS 1577:1993 – Scaffold Planks.

Each scaffold plank shall be permanently and legibly marked with the following:

Manufacturer’s name or identification

The number of the Australian Standard i.e. AS 1577:1993 – Scaffold Planks

Working load limit, in kilograms

For random-length scaffold planks, the allowable span, in metres, in compliance with

AS 1577:1993 – Scaffold Planks Loading

When used in a working platform at a duty loading by AS/NZS 1576.1:2010 Scaffolding – General requirements the maximum working span of a scaffold plank shall not exceed the allowable span marked on the scaffold plank.


a) Where scaffold planks are used as a single plank working platform, the spacing between supports may be increased to permit a deflection of span/80 at a working load indicated by the supplier.

b) Were multiple scaffold planks in a working platform are clamped together by a prefabricated component used by the supplier’s instructions, to prevent differential deflection, the spacing between supports may be increased to permit a deflection of span/80, provided that the working load on the platform does not exceed 240kg.

10.7. Scaffolds - continued


Portable metal and timber stepladders, single and extension shall be industrial ladders and shall have a load rating of not less than 120kg.

Only ladders marked as complying with AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 – Portable Ladders - Metal or AS 1892.2:1992 – Portable Ladders – Timber, their duty rating (i.e. INDUSTRIAL) and their maximum intended load shall be used on site.

Trestle Ladders

Trestle ladders shall comply with AS/NZS 1892.1:1996 – Portable Ladders - Metal or AS 1892.2:1992 – Portable Ladders – Timber and shall not exceed 5m in length measured along the front of the stiles.

Trestle ladders may be used to support the working platforms of one or more planks. Only one person shall be supported in any one bay of a trestle ladder working platform unless the working platform is rated light duty.

Note: Trestle ladders with a load rating of not less than 150kg may be used to support light-duty working platforms.

10.8. Top Plate Hung Brackets

Top-plate-hung brackets shall be supported by the top plate of the timber or steel house frame to provide a base for a working platform. The lower end of the bracket shall be supported by any of the following:

a) The outer face of the brick cladding through a member that spreads the load over not less than three bricks in any direction

b) The outer face of the wall frame through a temporary spreader spanning not less than three studs where the spreader is nailed or otherwise secured to the studs against which it rests.

c) The outer edge of the bottom plate or the outer face of the concrete floor slab supports the bottom plate.

10.9. Top Plate Hung Brackets 

Brackets shall be designed to support the intended loads in the most adverse position that a plank may be placed in. Where a bracket is intended to support a multiple-bay working platform, the effect of the concentration of dead and live loads from adjacent bays shall be considered.

Where a plank bracket is intended to support a guardrail, the bracket shall be capable of resisting, without permanent deformation.

Brackets shall be fabricated from steel or aluminium and shall be installed, used and maintained only as set out in the supplier’s documented information.

The design of a bracket that requires support from the house frame shall take into account the forces transmitted from the bracket to the house frame and specify the location, spacing, minimum size and strength of framing members to which the bracket is to be attached.

Where brackets are intended to support guard railing, the brackets shall incorporate guardrail ports or accessories to which the guardrail posts can be fitted. The brackets shall be designed to withstand additional loads that can be transmitted by the guard railing.

Stud brackets and top-plate-hung brackets shall only be used on wall frames stabilized by return wall frames or by other bracing.

10.10. Scaffolds over 4m fall height

Scaffolds over 4m fall height will be provided by the Principal Contractor and comply with AS/NZS 1576.3:1995 – Scaffolding – Prefabricated & tube-and-coupler scaffolding.

a) Workers on site must not alter or interfere with a certified scaffold. The site supervisor must be informed of the changes required and will arrange for a certified scaffolder to carry out the changes.

b) Scaffolds under construction and not yet certified are to be fitted with signs to advise other persons the scaffold is not complete and must not be used.

c) A compliance certificate is to be issued by the scaffold erectors to the Principal Contractor upon completion of any scaffold over 4m.

d) Subcontractors must include in the Site Specific Induction a safety inspection report of certified scaffolds which will be used to carry out their work.

e) Any scaffold where a person can fall 4m or more must be erected and dismantled by certified scaffolders.

10.11. Edge Protection

Edge protection or other fall elimination shall be provided where a person or object can fall more than 2m or such other height as otherwise determined by State or Territory legislation.

Note: A risk assessment may be necessary to determine the need for edge protection at a lesser height than 2m or at that stipulated in legislation. Where the nature of the work makes it difficult for a person to be fully aware of the proximity of the platform edge (e.g. overhead work), edge protection should be provided, regardless of the height of the working platform.

For a working platform 450mm or wider, the guard railing shall be no further than 100mm outside the platform edge. For a working platform less than 450mm in width, the guard railing shall be no further than 150mm outside the platform edge.

10.12. Single-plank working platforms

Where it is intended to use a single plank working platform, the following shall apply:

a) The work process shall be subject to a satisfactory risk assessment before implementation.

b) The plank shall be not less than 220mm wide and shall comply with AS 1577:1993 – Scaffold Planks.

c) Edge protection or other fall elimination shall be provided where a person or object can fall more than 2m.

d) Record risk assessment details

Note: Edge protection may be required where a person can fall less than 2m if the fall area is hazardous

10.13. Placement of Loads on Working Platform

Materials shall not be stored on single-plant working platforms. For working platforms, other than single working platforms, concentrated loads shall not exceed the loads specified in the table below. 


1. The major loads on a working platform should be placed near the supports. Other loads should be placed to give a uniform distribution on the working platform.

2. Tools not exceeding 10kg may be placed on single plank working platforms, provided that the working load limit of the plank is not exceeded when accompanied by workers and working materials.

3. Materials may be handled by workers on a single plank working platform provided that the working load limit of any plank is not exceeded.

10.14. Working at Height 

a) Working at heights 3m or more is high risk and requires a Hazard Assessment and Work Method Statements to be prepared as per the requirements of relevant State Government OH&S Regulations.

b) Platforms, scaffolds or any other work where a person could fall 2m must have handrails or other approved fall restraint systems in place.

c) Sub-contractors working at heights 2m or more must prepare a Hazard Analysis including Job Safety Analysis and Work Method Statements in their Safety Management Plan and provide them to the principal contractor for approval before commencing work on-site

d) Use of elevated work platform (EWP), Scissor or boom lift.

Check for overhead electrical hazards

Ensure the area is well-ventilated

Check equipment for serviceability; including warning devices

Check for obvious hazards in the area; form and level ground, overhead obstruction (live cables)

All tools and equipment are properly secured

Ensure maximum lifting heights and weights are not exceeded

All guard rails/access doors shall be closed before lifting commences

An approved safety harness with a lanyard secured to the proper attachment bar should be worn while operating the boom lift

No person shall be permitted to get on/off the elevated platform when in a raised position

Ensure warning devices are correctly operating

All materials, tools and equipment taken on the scissor lifter shall be properly secured to prevent falling while operating.

The book lifter shall be used as an access platform only, materials, equipment and heavy tools should not be carried

Do not position ladders, steps or similar access items on the platform to provide additional reach

Restore equipment to safe condition

Report any faults, undue wear etc. to the supervisor

Ensure all removable operating devices (key control pads) are stored separately

10.15. Falling Object Protection 

a) Organise work schedules to prevent the need for workers to be below other work which could cause falling objects.

b) Use Site Specific Inductions to advise workers of No Go areas around scaffolds, rooves or other raised work areas.

c) Barriers and signage to prevent persons from entering an area may be required to prevent injury from falling objects. I.e. when tiling rooves.

d) Mesh barriers on scaffolding or physical barriers such as hoardings may be required if persons cannot be excluded from the risk area.

e) Toe boards are to be erected on scaffolds, floors or raised work areas where materials could be dislodged and create a hazard.

f) Enforce head protection requirements. I.e. hardhats.

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