Impact Wrench SOP

SOP Impact Wrench

Impact wrench SOP for operating an impact wrench identifies impact wrench hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and impact wrench safety.

  • Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per the impact wrench guide and best safe work practice for impact wrenches.

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Standard Operating Procedure Impact Wrench

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for impact wrench operations, e.g. securing of fixings and how to change impact drive sockets 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 electric impact wrench and ensure electrical hand tool safety

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

  • Pre-operational inspection of impact wrench 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 an impact wrench, e.g. impact wrench handle removal will affect tool safety

  • Inspect impact drive socket for signs of wear and damage per tool safety checklist, replace if necessary and dispose of damaged impact drive sockets appropriately

  • Impact wrench operation per impact wrench SOP focuses on impact wrench 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 impact wrench

  • Hazardous chemicals and hazardous products used in connection with operating an impact wrench

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the operation of an impact wrench

  • 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 an impact wrench

Safe Operating Procedures Impact Wrench

How to Use Electric Impact Wrench

Impact wrench SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the operation of an impact wrench.

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. impact wrench

  • Pre-operational inspection of impact wrench

  • Change impact drive sockets

  • Use of portable RCD safety switch

  • Other hazards with operating an impact wrench