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FREE Plate Compactor SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Plate Compactor SOP Example

Purpose of Document

Plate compactor SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for plate compactor 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 Plate Compactor 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 Plate Compactor SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Plate compactor 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 plate compactor?

A plate compactor is a construction tool designed with a heavy, flat steel plate at its base, which vibrates to consolidate, or compact, various materials.

What is a plate compactor used for?

It is primarily used to compress soil, asphalt, and gravel in the construction of foundations, driveways, walkways, and sub-bases for paving.

What hazards are involved in plate compactor use?

Some hazards that are involved in plate compactor use include:

  • Vibration injury
  • Noise exposure
  • Flying debris
  • Operator fatigue

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Anti-vibration gloves
  • Hearing protection
  • Safety goggles
  • Frequent breaks

Did you know?

The origin of compacting tools dates back thousands of years when humans first used manual tampers made from heavy materials to compress and stabilize soil for foundations. As civilizations developed, the necessity for more efficient road-building led to the innovation of horse-drawn rollers in the 19th century. However, it wasn’t until the advent of internal combustion engines in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that powered versions began to emerge, paving the way for the modern plate compactor. These plate compactors revolutionised construction by significantly speeding up and simplifying the process of creating a stable and level base for various structures.

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