Safe work method statement - Plumbing - Cutting of copper pipe
Cutting of copper pipes
Copper pipes are available as rigid or flexible and are primarily used to supply water to a tap or given point.
- Copper pipes shall where necessary be cut to a required length using either a hacksaw, copper tube cutter, angle grinder or drop saw.
Tasks associated with the cutting of copper pipes include:
- Measuring and marking length of pipe to be cut;
- Use of hacksaw to cut copper pipe;
- Use of tube cutter to cut copper pipe;
- Use of angle grinder to cut copper pipe;
- Use of drop saw to cut copper pipe;
- Manual handling issues when handling and cutting copper pipes;
- Personal protective equipment to be worn when handling and cutting copper pipes.
Safety procedure includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with employees.
- Generation of hazards.
- Measuring length of pipe to be cut.
- Using hacksaw to cut pipe.
- Using tube cutter to cut pipe.
- Using angle grinder to cut pipe.
- Using drop saw to cut pipe.
- Manual handling tasks.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for plumbing services - Cutting of copper pipes.
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