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FREE Drill SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Drill SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Drill 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 drill?

A drill is a versatile tool fitted with a cutting or driving tool attachment, commonly used for drilling holes in various materials or fastening materials together with the use of fasteners.

What is a drill used for?

Drills are used in a multitude of applications such as creating pilot holes, installing fixtures, assembling furniture, and various construction tasks.

What hazards are involved in using a drill?

Some hazards that are involved in drill use include:

  • Cuts/lacerations.
  • Flying debris
  • Electric shock.
  • Tripping (corded models)
  • Muscle strain.

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Clamping workpieces securely.
  • Selecting the correct bit for the material.
  • Wearing PPE.
  • Securing loose items such as clothes.
  • Allowing bits to cool before handling.
  • Maintaining a firm grip and stance.

Did you know?

Did you know that the concept of the drill is ancient, with evidence of bow drills being used in woodworking and fire starting as far back as the Indus Valley Civilization, around 3000 BCE? The design and mechanism of drills have significantly evolved, from manual bow drills to the modern electric and pneumatic drills we use today. This evolution reflects the tool’s fundamental importance in construction, woodworking, metalworking, and even dentistry, where precision and efficiency are paramount. Today’s drills incorporate advanced technologies such as lithium-ion batteries, brushless motors, and smart features like Bluetooth connectivity and torque control, showcasing the continuous innovation in tool design to meet modern demands.

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