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FREE Edger SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Edger SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Edger 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 an edger?

An edger is a power tool used for trimming and shaping the edges of lawns, gardens, sidewalks, driveways, and other outdoor surfaces.

What is an edger used for?

It’s commonly used in landscaping and gardening to create clean, defined edges along pathways and garden beds.

What hazards are involved in using an Edger?

Some hazards that are involved in edger use include:

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

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Using guards or shields
  • Regular maintenance
  • Wearing PPE
  • Operating in appropriate weather conditions

Did you know?

The edger, a fundamental tool in lawn care and landscaping, has a fascinating history rooted in the evolution of gardening techniques. Dating back to ancient times, manual edging tools were employed to create defined borders and pathways in gardens. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that mechanical edgers emerged with the Industrial Revolution, offering efficiency and precision in creating crisp edges on lawns and gardens. Modern edgers come in various types, including gas-powered, electric, and manual models, catering to different needs and preferences. Today, edgers remain essential for maintaining tidy landscapes and enhancing curb appeal.

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