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FREE Generator SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Generator SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Generator 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 generator?

A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, typically powered by a fuel engine, such as gasoline or diesel, or by renewable energy sources like solar or wind.

What is a generator used for?

It’s commonly used as a backup power source during emergencies, in remote areas without access to electricity, and in construction sites or outdoor events requiring temporary power supply.

What hazards are involved in using a generator?

Some hazards that are involved in generator use include:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning from exhaust fumes
  • Electric shock
  • Fire risk
  • Noise

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Ventilation
  • Electrical component safety
  • Operator training
  • Wearing PPE

Did you know?

The generator, essential in providing electrical power, has a fascinating history dating back to the 19th century. It was Scottish inventor Michael Faraday who pioneered the concept of electromagnetic induction in the 1830s, laying the groundwork for the modern generator. Faraday’s discovery led to the development of the first practical generator by Hippolyte Pixii in 1832, which generated alternating current (AC). Throughout the subsequent decades, generators evolved significantly, with contributions from inventors like Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. Today, generators come in various types, including portable, standby, and industrial models, serving critical roles in powering homes, businesses, and infrastructure during emergencies or in remote locations.

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