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FREE Circular Saw SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Circular Saw SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Circular 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 circular saw?

A circular saw is a robust tool with a toothed disc or blade that spins to cut materials such as wood, metal, or plastic. It’s designed for straight cuts and can be handheld or mounted.

What is a circular saw used for?

Circular saws are used for cutting lumber, sheet materials, framing, and trimming. They’re essential for carpentry, construction, and many DIY projects.

What hazards are involved in circular saw use?

Some hazards that are involved in circular saw use include:

  • Flying debris.
  • Noise
  • Trips (corded models)
  • Electric shock.
  • Blade binding/warping injuries.

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

Some safety controls for circular saw use include:

  • Clamping down the workpiece.
  • Using sharp blades suited to the material.
  • Wearing PPE.
  • Checking the guard is working properly.
  • Ensuring clear cutting path.
  • Maintaining proper grip and stance.

Did you know?

Did you know that the first circular saw in a sawmill was credited to the Tabitha Babbitt in the United States in 1813? She was a Shaker who observed men using the difficult two-man pit saw and conceived the idea of a circular blade, making the cutting process more efficient. This innovation marked a significant advancement in the woodworking and construction industries. Over the years, technological improvements have led to the development of lighter, more powerful, and safer circular saws, greatly enhancing their functionality and user-friendliness. Today, advancements continue with features like laser guide lights for precision cutting and electric brakes to stop the blade quickly, reflecting ongoing efforts to improve efficiency and safety for users around the globe.

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