Leaf Blower SOP

SOP Leaf Blower

Leaf blower SOP for operating a leaf blower identifies leaf blower hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and leaf blower safety.

  • Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per leaf blower guide and best safe work practice for leaf blowers.

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Standard Operating Procedures Leaf Blower

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for operating a leaf blower with risk control measures developed for identified hazards per the hierarchy of risk controls for using a leaf blower.

  • WHS consultation with employees on health and safety matters to identify potential hazards with operating a leaf blower and ensure electrical hand tool safety

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

  • Pre-operational inspection of leaf blower 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

  • Leaf blower guard must be fitted to a leaf blower for protection from an exposed leaf blower fan

  • Do not alter or modify a leaf blower, e.g. leaf blower handle or leaf blower bag removal will affect tool safety

  • Inspect handle, shoulder strap and leaf blower bag for signs of wear and damage per tool safety checklist, replace if necessary and dispose of damaged handles, shoulder straps and leaf blower bags appropriately

  • Leaf blower operation per leaf blower SOP focuses on hazard 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 a leaf blower

  • Hazardous chemicals and hazardous products used in connection with operating a leaf blower

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the operation of a leaf blower

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

  • Health and safety training for workers, e.g. leaf blower 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, leaf blower noise regulations 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 leaf blower

Safe Operating Procedures Leaf Blower

How to Use a Leaf Blower

Leaf blower SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the operation of a leaf blower.

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. leaf blower

  • Pre-operational inspection of leaf blower

  • Use of portable RCD safety switch

  • Other hazards with operating a leaf blower