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FREE CNC Machine SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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CNC Machine SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

CNC machine 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 CNC machine?

A CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine is an automated manufacturing tool controlled by a computer program that precisely controls the movement of cutting tools or workpieces.

What is a CNC machine used for?

It’s commonly used in various industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, and woodworking for tasks such as milling, drilling, turning, and grinding.

What hazards are involved in using a CNC machine?

Some hazards that are involved in CNC machine use include:

  • Contact with moving parts
  • Flying debris
  • Electric shock
  • Inhalation of fumes or dust particles

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Using machine guards and safety devices
  • Operator training
  • Regular maintenance and inspection
  • Implementing lockout/tagout procedures

Did you know?

The CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine, a cornerstone of modern manufacturing, has a fascinating history that revolutionized the industry. Developed in the mid-20th century, CNC machines automate machining processes with precision and efficiency. John T. Parsons, along with MIT, pioneered the concept in the 1940s, but it was in the 1950s that the first CNC machine tool, a milling machine, was produced. Since then, CNC technology has rapidly advanced, encompassing various machining operations such as milling, turning, and routing. Today, CNC machines are integral in industries like aerospace, automotive, and electronics, enabling intricate and high-quality production with minimal human intervention.

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