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FREE Milling Machine SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Milling Machine SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Milling Machine SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for milling machine 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 Milling Machine 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 Milling Machine SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Milling Machine 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 milling machine?

A milling machine is a power-driven machine tool used for shaping solid materials.

What is a milling machine used for?

It utilizes rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece, creating complex shapes and surfaces.

What hazards are involved in using a milling machine?

Some hazards that are involved in milling machine use include:

  • Rotating machinery
  • Flying debris
  • Entanglement
  • Noise exposure

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Wearing PPE
  • Securing workpieces with clamps
  • Operator training
  • Keeping hands clear

Did you know?

The milling machine, a cornerstone of modern machining, has a rich historical heritage. Its roots can be traced back to the early 19th century when Eli Whitney designed a milling machine to create interchangeable parts for firearms. However, it was not until the mid-1800s that the milling machine truly began to take shape with the development of various improvements by inventors like Joseph R. Brown and Frederick W. Howe. By the late 19th century, milling machines became essential in manufacturing, enabling the precise shaping and cutting of metal components. Today, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) milling machines dominate industries worldwide, offering unparalleled precision and versatility in fabrication processes.

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