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FREE Hammer Drill SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Hammer 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 hammer drill?

A hammer drill is a powerful tool that combines hammering and drilling actions to bore holes into hard materials like concrete, brick, or masonry.

What is a hammer drill used for?

Hammer drills are used for drilling anchor holes for inserting screws or anchors, making holes for cables or pipes, and other tasks that require drilling into very tough materials.

What hazards are involved in hammer drill use?

Some hazards that are involved in hammer drill use include:

  • Flying debris.
  • Electric shock.
  • Cord tripping hazard.
  • Repetitive strain.

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Holding the drill securely with both hands.
  • Wearing PPE.
  • Using the right drill bit for the material.
  • Employing auxiliary handles.
  • Ensuring correct stance.

Did you know?

Did you know that the first electric hammer drill was patented in 1914 by German electrical engineer Wilhelm Emil Fein? This innovation revolutionized the construction and masonry industries by drastically reducing the time and effort required to drill into hard materials. Over the years, advancements in battery technology and motor efficiency have made cordless hammer drills increasingly powerful and convenient, capable of rivalling their corded counterparts in performance. The continuous evolution of hammer drills reflects the industry’s commitment to enhancing efficiency, safety, and user comfort, ensuring these tools remain indispensable in construction and renovation projects.

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