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Free Band Saw SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Band Saw SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Band saw SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for band saw 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 Band Saw 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 Band Saw SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Band saw 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 a band saw?

A bandsaw is a power tool consisting of a continuous band of toothed metal stretched between two or more wheels and used for cutting various materials, primarily wood, metal, and plastic, in straight or curved lines.

What is a band saw used for?

It’s commonly used in woodworking shops, metalworking shops, and fabrication facilities for cutting stock to size and shaping intricate curves.

What hazards are involved in band saw use?

Some hazards that are involved in band saw use include:

  • Contact with moving blade
  • Kickback
  • Flying debris
  • Electric shock

What are some safety controls that can be utilised during band saw use?

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Wearing PPE
  • Operator training
  • Blade inspections
  • Anti-kickback devices

Did you know?

The concept of the band saw dates back to the early 19th century, with the first patent for such a saw being awarded in 1809 to William Newberry in England. However, due to limitations in blade technology, it wasn’t until the later development of flexible, durable steel blades that band saws became practical for widespread use. Today, advances in materials and engineering have made band saws more reliable, safe, and capable than ever before, solidifying their position as an essential tool in a wide range of material cutting applications.

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