Chipping Hammer SOP

SOP Chipping Hammer

Chipping hammer SOP for operating a chipping hammer identifies chipping hammer hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and chipping hammer safety.

  • Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per the chipping hammer manual and best safe work practice.

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Standard Operating Procedure Chipping Hammer

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for chipping hammers and their uses, e.g. operation of chipping hammer and how to change chipping hammer bits 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 a chipping hammer and ensure electrical hand tool safety

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

  • Pre-operational inspection of chipping hammer 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

  • Chipping hammer guard must be fitted to a chipping hammer for protection from an exposed nip point

  • Do not alter or modify a chipping hammer, e.g. chipping hammer handle removal will affect tool safety

  • Inspect chipping hammer chisels for signs of wear and damage per tool safety checklist, replace if necessary and dispose of used chipping hammer bits appropriately

  • Chipping hammer operation per chipping hammer SOP focuses on chipping hammer control measures to reduce the level of risk

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

  • 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 a chipping hammer

  • Hazardous chemicals and hazardous products used in connection with operating a chipping hammer

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the operation of a chipping hammer

  • 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, managing electrical risks at the workplace 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 a chipping hammer

Safe Operating Procedures Chipping Hammer

How to Use Chipping Hammer

Chipping hammer SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the operation of a chipping hammer.

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. chipping hammer

  • Pre-operational inspection of chipping hammer

  • Change chipping hammer chisels

  • Use of portable RCD safety switch

  • Other hazards with operating a chipping hammer