Trenching and Excavation Procedure

Trenching and Excavation Procedure

This trenching and excavation procedure template can assist your business comply with ISO 45001, OH&S Management Systems clauses:

  • 6.1.2. Hazard Identification and Assessment of Risks and Opportunities.
  • 8.1.2. Eliminating hazards and reducing OH&S risks.


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What is a Trenching and Excavation Procedure?

A trenching and excavation procedure is a written document that outlines the steps necessary to safely and effectively trench and/or excavate an area.

The procedure sets out the minimum standards for developing, implementing and improving ground trenching and excavation operations to protect workers, the environment, plant and equipment.

A trenching and excavation procedure enables the safety of personnel working in or near excavations and trenches and nearby the associated earthworks.

Trenching and excavation work are common construction activities that, if not properly executed, can result in serious injuries or even death.

What is the Difference Between a Trench and an Excavation?

An excavation is a hole in the earth, or a face of the earth, formed after rock, sand, soil or when other material is removed (excavation work is the work undertaken to make, fill or partly fill an excavation).

A trench is a horizontal or inclined way or opening that:

  • Has a length that is greater than its width and greater than or equal to its depth.
  • Commences at and extends below the surface of the ground; and
  • Is open to the surface along its length and/or width.

General Safety with Trenches and Excavations

To prevent hazards for workers, the environment and equipment, thorough planning and preparation are essential before any excavation or trenching work commences.

Information must be collected regarding facilities and underground (or other potentially concealed) services near the planned excavation or trench.  In addition, effective communications between regulatory agencies, service providers, utility companies, property owners and other third parties should be undertaken to ensure essential information is shared and the excavation or trenching activities are properly coordinated and performed.

Before any excavating or trenching work commences, a risk management process should always be followed, with specific attention to:

  • The job sequence and the appropriate type of equipment required.
  • Consultation with workers and competent persons and the provision of training, instruction and competencies.Trenching and Excavation Procedure
  • Communication requirements while working in or near the excavation or trench.
  • The soil conditions and any engineering mechanisms to prevent unplanned collapse.
  • Potential exposure to airborne contaminants or hazardous materials.
  • Provision of safe access, egress and fall prevention controls.
  • Street cut safety precautions.
  • Prevent cave-ins and trench boxes.
  • Prevention of unauthorized access.
  • Confined space excavations and unprotected trenches.
  • Identification and marking of any services, both overhead and underground.
  • The process for removal of excavated materials (e.g. transport, plant or dewatering equipment systems, etc.).
  • Possible low-visibility conditions and supplementary lighting.
  • Implementation of emergency rescue procedures.

Contents of this Trenching and Excavation Procedure

  • Approval.
  • Purpose.
  • Scope.
  • Terms and Definitions.
  • Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Procedures.
  • General Excavation and Trenching Safety.
  • Underground Services and Potential Hazards.
  • Permit to Excavate.
  • Inspections on Protective Systems.
  • Access and Egress to and from an Excavation or Trench.
  • Barricading and Signage.
  • Excavation Stability and Trench Collapses.
  • Benching or Battering.
  • Shoring and Shielding .
  • Loads Near Excavations.
  • Spotters.
  • Environmental Impacts.
  • Training and Competency.
  • Related Procedures, Forms and Documents.
  • Review Criteria.
  • Record Management.
  • References.

Why Choose to Buy this Trenching and Excavation Procedure

This 11-page trenching and excavation procedure can assist you set out the minimum standards for the occupational safety and health requirements with trenching and excavation operations.

After purchasing this template you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own procedure.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the procedure.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of the size or type of organization.

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  • The procedure will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
  • There are no subscriptions, contracts or ongoing costs.

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