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SWMS Working in Ceiling Space

Working in Ceiling Spaces

The ceiling space safe work method statement assesses risk following the identification of hazards connected with working in ceiling spaces and the subsequent implementation of risk control measures to manage risks.

  • Safe work method statement for electrical work requires that control measures be implemented per electrical safety rules and procedures and a risk assessment for ceiling work.

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Ceiling Space Safe Work Method Statement

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for working in a ceiling space, e.g. safe working in roof spaces with risk controls developed for identified hazards per the hierarchy of risk control measures.

  • Assess and review WHS practices in the workplace to control risks

  • WHS consultation for the identification of hazards with working in a ceiling space

  • Risk assessment to identify workplace hazards and risks that may potentially pose an immediate threat of death or serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for working in ceiling spaces, e.g. minimise risks through the planning process

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

  • Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. atmospheric hazards, oxygen deficiency in confined space, working in hazardous areas

  • Trip hazards in the workplace likely to result in slips trips and falls injuries

  • Implementation of controls for working in roof spaces, e.g. isolation of hazards and services for electrical equipment in hazardous areas

  • Safety information for employees to manage risks

  • Electrical testing equipment, e.g. portable appliance testing equipment for testing circuits in ceiling space

  • Insulated tools when testing electrical installations, e.g. electricians testing tools

  • Isolation procedure for electrical equipment, e.g. how to isolate electrical equipment and circuits in a roof space after having conducted an electrical isolation risk assessment

  • Electrical hazards and control measures for working near live electrical equipment such as high voltage power lines requires the implementation of electrical safety isolation procedures

  • Contact with energised electrical equipment resulting in electrocution death, electrical shock and potential injuries from electrical shock

  • Electrical spotter to warn persons working in the vicinity of energised electrical equipment, e.g. electrical hazards

  • Asbestos exposure and the dangers of asbestos are present if the asbestos register is not inspected for ACM locations and disturbing asbestos in a ceiling space occurs.

  • Synthetic mineral fibre exposure where synthetic mineral fibre insulation in a roof space is disturbed, resulting in airborne synthetic mineral fibres

  • Controls for workplace health risks should a vermin infestation be in the ceiling space, e.g. rodent infestation cleanup

  • Personal decontamination procedures to be implemented where contact with ACM asbestos, synthetic mineral fibres or vermin infestations has taken place, e.g. correct method for removing ppe

  • Hazards associated with working in confined spaces such as a ceiling space may result in heat stress with persons suffering extreme heat effects

  • Work at heights on ladders for electrical work, scaffolding, elevated work platform and fall arrest systems to access a roof space

  • Work in a confined space, e.g. ceiling space, requires implementing risk controls for confined space hazards such as roof space ventilation

  • Restore power to electrical installation per electrical safe work practices and safety procedures for working on electrical equipment

  • Hazardous chemicals used in connection with working in ceiling spaces

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with working in roof spaces

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. electrical PPE and electrical safety gear

  • Health and safety training for workers, e.g. electrical equipment hazardous areas training

  • Housekeeping at workplace per housekeeping policy and procedures

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. electrical code of practice, electrical regulations and ohs standards

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

  • Electrician tasks and activities in connection with working in ceiling spaces

SWMS Electrical

Working in Ceiling Space SWMS

Working in ceiling spaces SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities in working in roof spaces.

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

  • Implementing an isolation procedure for electrical installations to ensure electrical equipment safety

  • Working in a confined space, e.g. roof space

  • Working at height, e.g. roof space access

  • Working near live electrical apparatus per electrical live-work policy and procedure

  • Other ceiling safety hazards

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