Angle Grinder SOP

SOP Angle Grinder

Angle grinder SOP for operating an angle grinder identifies angle grinder hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and angle grinder safety.

  • Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per angle grinder guide and best safe work practice for portable grinders.

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Standard Operating Procedure Angle Grinder

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for grinding work, e.g. operation of electric grinders and how to change an angle grinder disc with risk control measures developed for identified hazards per WHS hierarchy of controls.

  • WHS consultation with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with operating an angle grinder and ensure electrical hand tool safety

  • WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication

  • Pre-operational inspection of angle grinder per electrical tools inspection checklist, e.g. how to check tools and equipment are free from damage such as damaged electrical cords

  • Damaged tools and equipment shall have an out of service tag placed on it with procedures for reporting faulty equipment in the workplace implemented

  • Angle grinder guard must be fitted to an angle grinder for protection from an exposed grinding disc

  • Do not alter or modify an angle grinder, e.g. angle grinder handle removal will affect tool safety

  • Inspect grinding disc for signs of wear and damage per tool safety checklist, replace if necessary and dispose of used disc blades appropriately

  • Angle grinder operation per angle grinder SOP focuses on angle grinder control measures to reduce the level of risk

  • Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. confined space and working at heights

  • Working at height on ladders, aluminium mobile scaffold and elevated work platforms when operating an angle grinder

  • Hazardous chemicals and hazardous products used in connection with operating an angle grinder

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the operation of an angle grinder

  • Personal protective equipment, e.g. respiratory protective equipment, protective clothing, eye protection

  • Health and safety training for workers, e.g. tool safety training

  • Workplace housekeeping per housekeeping policy and procedures

  • Legislative and regulatory requirements for compliance with WHS legislation, e.g. work health and safety regulations, angle grinder code of practice and power tool safety standards

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

  • Tasks and activities in connection with operating an angle grinder

Safe Operating Procedure Angle Grinder

SWMS Angle Grinder

Angle grinder SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the operation of an angle grinder.

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

  • Plant and equipment used in the work task, e.g. angle grinder

  • Pre-operational inspection of angle grinder

  • Change angle grinder cutting disc

  • Use of portable RCD safety switch

  • Other hazards with operating an angle grinder