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Safe work method statement required for high risk construction work

    (1)     An employer or self-employed person must not perform high risk construction work if there is a risk to the health or safety of any person arising from the work, unless—

        (a)     a safe work method statement is prepared for the work before the work commences; and

        (b)     the work is performed in accordance with the statement.


Act compliance—sections 21, 23 and 24 (see regulation 7).

    (2)     If there is non-compliance with a safe work method statement prepared under subregulation (1) in relation to particular work, the employer or self-employed person must—

        (a)     stop that work immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so; and

        (b)     not resume the work until the statement is complied with or reviewed and, if necessary, revised in accordance with regulation 328.


Act compliance—sections 21, 22 and 23 (see regulation 7).

    (3)     For high risk construction work involving the removal or likely disturbance of asbestos, if there is a risk to the health or safety of any person arising from the work—

        (a)     preparation of an asbestos control plan in accordance with regulation 272 is taken to be preparation of a safe work method statement; and

        (b)     compliance with the asbestos control plan is taken to be compliance with a safe work method statement in relation to the risk to health or safety of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres.

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