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FREE Plasma Cutter SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Plasma Cutter SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Plasma Cutter SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for plasma cutter 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 Plasma Cutter 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 Plasma Cutter SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Plasma Cutter 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 plasma cutter?

A plasma cutter is a machine tool that uses a high-velocity jet of ionized gas (plasma) to cut through electrically conductive materials such as steel, aluminum, copper, and stainless steel.

What is a plasma cutter used for?

It’s commonly used in metal fabrication, construction, automotive repair, and industrial manufacturing for precise and efficient cutting of metal components.

What hazards are involved in using a plasma cutter?

Some hazards that are involved in plasma cutter use include:

  • Exposure to intense light and UV radiation
  • Inhalation of fumes and gases
  • Fire
  • Electric shock

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Wearing PPE
  • Using in well-ventilated areas
  • Ensuring proper grounding
  • Operator training

Did you know?

The plasma cutter, a powerful tool in metal fabrication, has a captivating history reshaping industries worldwide. Invented in the 1950s, the first plasma cutters utilized ionized gas and electrical currents to create a high-temperature plasma arc capable of melting through metal with precision and speed. Initially developed for industrial applications such as cutting and welding in heavy machinery and shipbuilding, plasma cutters quickly found their way into various fields including automotive, construction, and art fabrication. Over the years, advancements in plasma technology and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) systems have further expanded the capabilities of plasma cutters, allowing for intricate designs and the processing of diverse metals including steel, aluminum, and copper. Today, plasma cutters are indispensable in fabrication, repair, and creative endeavors, offering versatility and efficiency in material processing.

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