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Free Angle Grinder SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Angle Grinder SOP

Purpose of Document

Angle grinder SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for angle grinder use. The SOP can also be used as a training and induction document. The primary goal is to protect workers from injury or illness by outlining a safe system of work and providing adequate training and instruction. This form is broadly aligned with AS45001:2018.

How to Use

This Angle Grinder SOP should be communicated to workers before they complete the task. A hard copy can also be displayed in the workplace or provided at the workface. You can also use this document during the induction or onboarding process. This document is a template only and should be customised for your business.

When to Use

Workers should read and agree to comply with the Angle Grinder SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Angle grinder SOPs should be developed by a competent person. The SOP is then read and followed by the worker completing the task. New workers should also read and understand the SOPs during the induction or onboarding process.

Legal Considerations

There is no specific legal requirement to have a documented Safe Operating Procedure (SOP). However, it is best practice, as having SOPs can assist in meeting general legal duties, including:

  • s(19)(3)c WHS Act – Duty to Provide Safe Systems of Work
  • s(19)(3)d WHS Act – Duty to Ensure Safe Use of Plant
  • s(19)(3)f WHS Act – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, Instruction and Supervision
  • s(39) WHS Regulations – Duty to Provide Adequate Information, Training, and Instruction
  • s(203) WHS Regulations – Management of Risks to Health and Safety (PCBUs with management or control of plant)

The Code of Practice “Managing risks of plant in the workplace” states that employers (PCBUs) must provide workers with information, training, and instruction as necessary to protect them from risks arising from the use of the plant.


What is an angle grinder?

An angle grinder is a handheld power tool that uses a rotating disc for abrasive cutting and grinding. It’s commonly used on metal, stone, and concrete and can be powered by electricity or batteries.

What is an angle grinder used for?

An angle grinder is used for cutting, grinding, and polishing various materials like metal, concrete, and tile. It’s also used to remove excess material, sharpen tools, and clean rust or paint off surfaces. With the right attachments, it can even tackle jobs such as sanding and carving.

What hazards are involved in angle grinder use?

Some hazards that are involved in angle grinder use are:

  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Eye Injuries
  • Vibration
  • Noise

What are some safety controls that can be utilised during angle grinder use?

Safety controls that can be utilised are:

  • Using blade guards.
  • Wearing PPE.
  • Maintaining appropriate grip and stance.
  • Inspecting for damage/s.
  • Keeping a clean and tidy workspace.

Did you know?

Did you know that the angle grinder was originally developed in the 1950s as a tool for rigging shipyard workers to use for cutting and grinding metal? From these humble beginnings, the angle grinder has evolved into one of the most common tools found in workshops and construction sites worldwide. Innovations have continually improved their safety, power, and ergonomic design, including the addition of adjustable guards, variable speed controls, and battery-powered models that offer greater mobility. The angle grinder’s evolution reflects ongoing advancements in technology and materials science, making it a more efficient and safer tool that continues to meet the ever-changing demands of professionals and hobbyists alike.

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