Tiling services - Laying floor tiles safe work method statement
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Lay floor tiles
Floor tiles are typically laid upon an existing floor surface as a means of providing a hardwearing durable surface.
- The laying of tiles to a floor encompasses the need to prepare the floor surface, mix and apply adhesive materials, lay and grout tiles.
Tasks associated with laying floor tiles include:
- Planning and set out for the laying of floor tiles as per drawings;
- Assessment of work environment for hazards and risks;
- Preparation of existing and new floor surfaces to be tiled;
- Setting out position and pattern of floor tiles to be laid;
- Operation of plant for mixing of adhesive materials and grout;
- Mix adhesive and grout materials using electrically operated plant;
- Lay tiles to adhesive material bed, placement of tile spacers, etc;
- Clean excess adhesive materials and grout from tile surface;
- Handling, decanting or using a hazardous chemical, substance or product;
- Hazardous manual tasks identified in the laying of floor tiles;
- Selection and use of personal protective equipment;
- Compliance with specific controls as per a regulation, code of practice.
Safe work method statement includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, serious injury or illness to workers are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with workers.
- Generation of hazards.
- Plan and prepare for laying of floor tiles e.g. plant and equipment required.
- Prepare existing and new floor surfaces for tiles.
- Set out position and pattern of floor tiles.
- Pre-operational inspection of plant.
- Mixing adhesive and grout materials.
- Safety data sheet (SDS) relevant to a hazardous chemical e.g. tile adhesive.
- Lay tiles to bed of adhesive material, tile spacers, etc.
- Clean adhesive materials from tiles.
- Grout tile joints and clean tiles.
- Hazardous manual tasks associated with laying wall tiles.
- Handle, decant and use a hazardous chemical, substance or product e.g. tile adhesive.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Specific controls to ensure compliance with Work Health and Safety Legislation, Codes of Practice, etc.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for laying floor tiles.
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