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FREE Pump SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Pump SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Pump 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 pump?

It’s commonly used in various applications such as water supply systems, wastewater treatment plants, heating and cooling systems, oil refineries, and chemical processing plants.

What is a pump used for?

A pump is a mechanical device used to move fluids (liquids or gases) from one place to another by creating a flow through mechanical action.

What hazards are involved in using a pump?

Some hazards that are involved in pump use include:

  • Electric shock
  • Mechanical hazards
  • Chemical exposure
  • Pressure-related injuries

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Regular maintenance
  • Correct installation techniques
  • Wearing PPE
  • Implementing lockout/tagout procedures
  • Operator training

Did you know?

Pumps, essential in various industries and daily life, have a fascinating history spanning millennia. The earliest pumps were rudimentary devices like the shadoof, used in ancient Egypt for irrigation. Ancient Greek and Roman civilizations developed more sophisticated pumps, including the Archimedean screw, used for lifting water. In the 17th century, European inventors such as Denis Papin and Thomas Savery pioneered steam-powered pumps, laying the groundwork for industrialization. The Industrial Revolution saw the proliferation of pumps for mining, water supply, and transportation. Today, pumps come in countless types, from centrifugal to diaphragm, powering processes in agriculture, manufacturing, energy, and beyond.

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