Radial Arm Saw SOP

SOP Radial Arm Saw

Radial arm saw SOP for operating a radial arm saw identifies radial arm saw hazards with the risk assessed and risk controls developed to manage risk and radial arm saw safety.

  • Standard operating procedures require hazard control measures to be implemented per radial arm saw guidelines and best safe work practice for radial arm saws.

Radial Arm Saw SOP Example

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Radial Arm Saw Standard Operating Procedure

Workplace Health and Safety has conducted a comprehensive job safety analysis for operating a radial arm saw, e.g. cutting timber materials and how to change a radial arm saw blade 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 radial arm saw and ensure electrical hand tool safety

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

  • Pre-operational inspection of radial arm saw 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 radial arm saw, e.g. removal of radial arm saw handle or radial arm saw guard will affect tool safety

  • Inspect radial arm saw blade for signs of wear and damage per tool safety checklist, replace if necessary and dispose of damaged radial arm saw blade appropriately

  • Radial arm saw operation per radial arm saw SOP focuses on radial arm saw 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 radial arm saw

  • Hazardous manual tasks in connection with the operation of a radial arm saw

  • 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 radial arm saw

Safe Operating Procedure Radial Arm Saw

How to Operate a Radial Arm Saw

Radial arm saw SOP shall assess the risk of high-risk activities with the operation of a radial arm saw.

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. radial arm saw

  • Pre-operational inspection of radial arm saw

  • Change radial arm saw blade

  • Use of portable RCD safety switch

  • Other hazards with operating a radial arm saw