Tiling services - Laying wall tiles safe work method statement
Lay wall tiles
Wall tiles are typically laid upon an existing wall surface as a means of providing a hardwearing durable surface e.g. bathroom.
- The laying of tiles to a wall encompasses the need to prepare the wall surface, mix and apply adhesive materials, lay and grout tiles.
Tasks associated with laying wall tiles include:
- Planning and set out for the laying of wall tiles as per drawings;
- Assessment of work environment for hazards and risks;
- Preparation of existing and new wall surfaces to be tiled;
- Setting out position and pattern of wall 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 wall 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 wall tiles e.g. plant and equipment required.
- Prepare existing and new wall surfaces for tiles.
- Set out position and pattern of wall 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 wall tiles.
Return to tiling services
Return to safe work method statements