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FREE Hydraulic Press SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Hydraulic Press SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Hydraulic press SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for hydraulic press 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 Hydraulic Press 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 Hydraulic Press SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Hydraulic press 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 hydraulic press?

A hydraulic press is a machine that uses hydraulic pressure to exert force and compress materials.

What is a hydraulic press used for?

It typically consists of a cylinder and piston system operated by hydraulic fluid.

What hazards are involved in using a hydraulic press?

Some hazards that are involved in hydraulic press use include:

  • Crushing injuries
  • Pinch points
  • Hydraulic fluid leakage
  • Structural failure

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Machine guard
  • Regular maintenance
  • Training operators
  • Lifting techniques
  • Handling heavy materials carefully

Did you know?

The hydraulic press, a powerful machine integral to many industrial processes, has a fascinating historical background. Its origins can be traced back to the late 18th century when Joseph Bramah, an English engineer, invented the hydraulic press to create massive forces using fluid pressure. However, it was in the mid-19th century that the hydraulic press saw significant advancements with the work of French inventor Joseph Bramah, who developed the modern hydraulic press for industrial applications. Since then, hydraulic presses have become indispensable in various industries, from manufacturing to construction, offering immense force for tasks such as forging, stamping, and forming metal.

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