Chainsaw SOP for operating a chainsaw identifies chainsaw hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and chainsaw safety.
Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per chainsaw guidelines and best safe work practice for chainsaws.
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Standard Operating Procedure Chainsaw
Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for operating a chainsaw, e.g. cutting trees and changing and maintaining a chainsaw chain 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 chainsaw and ensure electrical hand tool safety
WHS consultation and participation processes ensure adequate health and safety communication
Pre-operational inspection of an electric chainsaw 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
Do not alter or modify a chainsaw, e.g. removal of chainsaw handle will affect tool safety
Inspect chainsaw chain for signs of wear and damage per tool safety checklist, and if necessary, maintain or replace and dispose of damaged chainsaw chain appropriately
Chainsaw operation per chainsaw SOP focuses on chainsaw control measures to reduce the level of risk
Workplace environmental hazards, e.g. confined space and working at heights
Hazardous chemicals and hazardous products used in connection with operating a chainsaw
Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the operation of a chainsaw
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 chainsaw
Safe Operating Procedure Chainsaw
How to Use a Chainsaw
Chainsaw SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the operation of a chainsaw.
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. chainsaw
Pre-operational inspection of chainsaw
Change chainsaw blade
Use of portable RCD safety switch
Other hazards with operating a chainsaw