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
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