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Completing a Safe Work Method Statement when using Silica

A safe work method statement (SWMS) needs to be prepared that shows that risks arising from work with materials that create respirable crystalline silica can be controlled safely.
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When working with materials that contain respirable crystalline silica (RCS), a safe work method statement (SWMS) needs to be prepared that shows how risks to health and safety will be contained. 

Crystalline silica is present in a variety of building products such as engineered stone, bricks, tiles and concrete. Cutting, grinding or polishing these materials can generate airborne dust containing RCS that can cause serious illness if inhaled. 

As this resource describes, an SWMS identifies what workplace risks may be present for activities involving crystalline silica and outlines what control measures are in place to manage these risks. The control measures must be expressed in such a way that they are readily accessible and comprehensible to persons who will use the SWMS. 

A typical approach to developing an SWMS involves:

  • gathering relevant information about the materials or products used in the workplace
  • finding out the tasks and processes that may generate RCS
  • consulting with workers 
  • selecting appropriate control measures to eliminate or reduce risk.

The resource indicates how an SWMS can be produced, including whether a generic SWMS can be used.

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Who is it for?

Residential builders and industry professionals

This resource is designed for builders and industry professionals to help them understand the risks associated with respirable crystalline silica.

What does it include?

  • A definition of what a safe work method statement (SWMS) is
  • Preparation of an SWMS relating to crystalline silica
  • Can a generic SWMS be used?

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