Safe Work Procedure for Cutting Bricks

Cutting a Brick Safe Work Practice

The safe work method statement for bricklaying assesses the risk following the hazard identification process for cutting bricks and implementing risk controls to manage risks.

  • Bricklaying safe work method statement requires control measures to be implemented per the risk controls hierarchy for cutting bricks connected with brickwork construction.

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Cutting Bricks SWMS Example

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How to Cut Bricks

Workplace Safety has conducted a comprehensive hazard analysis for cutting a brick, e.g., cutting bricks with control measures developed for identified hazards per the hierarchy of risk controls.

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

  • WHS consultation for the identification of hazards with cutting bricks

  • Risk assessment to identify workplace hazards and risks having the potential to cause death and serious injury

  • Health and safety planning for how to cut bricks, 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, dust hazards, steel reinforcement hazards

  • Workplace trip hazardslikely to result in slips trips and falls injuries

  • Implementation of controls for cutting a brick, e.g. isolation of hazards, RCD protection, personal protective equipment

  • Health and safety at work information and instructions for workers to manage risks

  • Method to minimise risk when measuring to mark bricks to be cut

  • Safe use of tools and equipment to cut bricks, e.g. block saw, brick saw

  • Operation of brick saw to cut bricks per safe operating procedure brick saw

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

  • Hazardous materials used in connection with cutting bricks, e.g. silica based bricks

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with cutting bricks, e.g. lifting bricks

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. construction safety glasses, safety works gloves, construction hard hat

  • WHS training for workers, e.g. health and safety training for cutting bricks

  • Workplace housekeeping incorporating material handling and storage safety

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. health and safety regulations, code of practice concrete and masonry cutting and drilling and brick standards

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

  • Brickwork tasks and activities in connection with cutting bricks

SWMS Bricklaying

Cutting Bricks

Cutting bricks SWMS shall assess the risk of construction high-risk activities for cutting a brick.

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

  • Plant and equipment used to cut bricks, e.g. brick saw

  • Exposure to crystalline silica dust

  • Manual handling tasks with lifting bricks

  • Other hazards with cutting bricks

Cutting of Bricks
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