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Free Boiler SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Boiler SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Boiler SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for boiler 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 Boiler 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 Boiler SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Boiler 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 boiler?

A boiler is a closed vessel in which water or other fluid is heated, typically to generate steam or hot water for heating systems, industrial processes, or power generation.

What is a boiler used for?

It’s commonly used in residential, commercial, and industrial settings for heating buildings, providing hot water, and powering steam turbines for electricity generation.

What hazards are involved in using a boiler?

Some hazards that are involved in boiler use include:

  • Fire or explosion
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Burns
  • Chemical exposure

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Regular inspection and maintenance
  • Installing pressure relief valves
  • Proper ventilation and exhaust systems
  • Operator training

Did you know?

The boiler, crucial for heating and providing hot water, has a rich history dating back to ancient civilizations. Early iterations of boilers, such as Roman hypocausts, used heated air and water to warm buildings and baths. However, it wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century that steam boilers emerged as powerful machines, revolutionizing industry and transportation. James Watt’s improvements to steam engine efficiency further propelled boiler development. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, boilers evolved with advancements in materials and technology, becoming integral in heating systems for homes, businesses, and industrial processes worldwide. Today, boilers continue to play a vital role in providing reliable heat and hot water.

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