Cleaning and Rodding Work Method Statement

How to Clean Concrete Blocks

The block masonry work method statement assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for cleaning and rodding concrete blocks and implementing risk controls to manage risks.

  • Concrete block safe work method statement requires control measures to be implemented per the risk controls hierarchy for cleaning and rodding mortar dags from hollow concrete blockwork.

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Rodding Hollow Concrete Blockwork Method Statement

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for cleaning and rodding mortar dags from block work in construction, e.g. how to clean and rod mortar with control measures developed for identified hazards per the hierarchy of risk controls.

  • Assess and review safety practices in the workplace to control risk

  • WHS consultation with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with how to clean and rod mortar from hollow concrete blockwork

  • Risk assessment to identify health and safety hazards in the workplacethat could result in death or serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for how to remove mortar from concrete blocks, e.g. minimise risks through the planning process

  • WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication

  • Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. trenches and excavations, falling from height, overhead power lines

  • Workplace trip hazards likely to result in slips trips and falls injuries

  • Implementation of controls for cleaning and rodding mortar dags, e.g. isolation of hazards and services in hazardous areas

  • Safety information for employees to control risks

  • Electrical hazards and control measures for high voltage power lines, e.g. power line clearance requirements, electrical safety isolation procedures

  • Electrical spotter to warn persons working in the vicinity of electricity lines, e.g. overhead power line clearances

  • Cleaning and rodding for blockwork clean out using a length of rebar to remove mortar dags

  • Handling steel rebar when working near power lines to remove mortar dags, e.g. power line hazards

  • Personal decontamination procedures to be implemented where exposure to silicahas taken place, e.g. correct method for removing PPE

  • Working at height on modular scaffolding, brickies scaffolding and bricklaying trestles when cleaning and rodding mortar dags

  • Hazardous chemicals used in connection with rodding mortar dags, e.g. Portland cement residue

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with cleaning and rodding mortar dags

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. eye protection wear, construction work gloves, fall protection safety equipment

  • WHS training for workers, e.g. health and safety training for cleaning and rodding mortar dags from hollow concrete blockwork

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. health and safety regulations, block laying code of practice and block laying standards

  • Monitoring controls, e.g. assessment and review the effectiveness of control measures

  • Blockwork tasks and activities in connection with cleaning and rodding mortar dags

Blockwork SWMS

Clean and Rod Mortar SWMS

Blockwork SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for cleaning and rodding mortar dags from hollow concrete blockwork.

High-risk work activities that may expose workers to WHS hazards are likely to include but not be limited to:

  • Plant and equipment used in the work task

  • Work at height, e.g. fall from heights

  • Use of steel reinforcement in the vicinity of overhead power lines

  • Exposure to hazardous chemical, e.g. Portland cement

  • Other masonry construction hazards