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FREE Router SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Router SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Router 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 router?

A router is a power tool used for shaping, trimming, and cutting various materials, primarily wood, plastic, and metal, by spinning a cutting bit at high speeds.

What is a router used for?

It’s commonly used in woodworking and cabinetry for tasks such as edge profiling, joinery, and decorative molding.

What hazards are involved in using a router?

Some hazards that are involved in router use include:

  • Contact with rotating bit
  • Kickback
  • Flying debris
  • Electric shock

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Using router fences and guides
  • Wearing PPE
  • Disconnecting the power source before changing bits or performing maintenance
  • Operator training

Did you know?

The router, pivotal in woodworking, has a rich history spanning centuries. Originating in ancient civilizations, handheld routers were initially used for shaping wood manually. However, the modern router emerged in the 19th century with the advent of the electric motor. Evolving throughout the 20th century, routers became indispensable in furniture making and carpentry. Today, they come in handheld, plunge, and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) variations, offering precision and versatility in shaping wood and other materials for various applications.

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