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FREE Oxy Acetylene SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Oxy acetlyene SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Oxy acetylene SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for oxy acetylene 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 Oxy Acetylene 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 Oxy Acetylene SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Oxy acetylene 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 an oxy acetylene?

Oxy-acetylene is a gas welding process that combines oxygen and acetylene to produce a high-temperature flame for metalworking.

What is an oxy acetylene used for?

It’s commonly used for welding, cutting, brazing, and heating metalwork.

What hazards are involved in using an oxy acetylene?

Some hazards that are involved in Oxy Acetylene use include:

  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Toxic fumes
  • Burns

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Ventilation
  • Equipment inspection
  • Wearing PPE
  • Operator training

Did you know?

Oxy-acetylene welding, a foundational technique in metalworking, has a storied history dating back to the late 19th century. It was first developed in the 1890’s by French engineers, Edmond Fouché and Charles Picard, who discovered that combining oxygen and acetylene gases produced a flame with high temperatures suitable for welding and cutting metals. This breakthrough paved the way for numerous applications, particularly in metal fabrication, repair, and construction. Oxy-acetylene welding gained prominence during World War I for its versatility and portability, becoming a vital method for repairing ships, aircraft, and military equipment. Even in the modern era, oxy-acetylene remains indispensable, offering precision and flexibility in metalworking tasks.

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