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FREE Lathe SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Lathe SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Lathe 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 lathe?

A lathe is a machine tool used for shaping, cutting, drilling, and sanding workpieces by rotating them against a fixed cutting tool.

What is a lathe used for?

It’s commonly used in metalworking, woodworking, and machining industries for creating cylindrical or symmetrical parts such as shafts, rods, and components with intricate designs.

What hazards are involved in using a lathe?

Some hazards that are involved in lathe use include:

  • Contact with rotating workpieces or cutting tools
  • Flying debris
  • Entanglement
  • Noise

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Using guards
  • Clamping workpieces
  • Operator training
  • Wearing PPE

Did you know?

The lathe, a cornerstone in machining and manufacturing, boasts a fascinating history dating back over two millennia. Ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks developed primitive lathes for shaping wood and pottery. However, it was during the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century that the modern lathe emerged, propelled by innovations like the screw-cutting lathe developed by Henry Maudslay. This revolutionized precision engineering and manufacturing processes. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, lathes evolved with advances in materials and technology, leading to the development of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lathes that offer unparalleled precision and automation in modern machining operations. Today, lathes remain indispensable in industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to woodworking and metalworking, shaping raw materials into intricate components with precision and efficiency.

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