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FREE Sand Blasting SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Sand Blasting SOP Example

Purpose of Document

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

Who Should Use

Sand Blasting 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 sand blasting?

Sand blasting, also known as abrasive blasting, is a process used to forcibly propel abrasive material against a surface at high velocity to remove contaminants, smooth surfaces, or shape materials.

What is a sand blasting used for?

It’s commonly used in industries such as automotive, construction, manufacturing, and restoration for tasks such as cleaning, etching, and surface preparation.

What hazards are involved in using a sand blasting?

Some hazards that are involved in sand blasting use include:

  • Inhalation of airborne abrasive particles
  • Noise
  • Flying debris
  • Skin abrasions
  • Skin irritation

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Wearing PPE
  • Using protective clothing

Did you know?

Sandblasting, a versatile technique in surface preparation and cleaning, has a rich history dating back over a century. It originated in the late 19th century when Benjamin Chew Tilghman invented the process to clean cast iron. Early sandblasting methods used compressed air to propel sand or other abrasive materials onto surfaces, effectively removing rust, paint, and other contaminants. Over time, sandblasting evolved with advancements in abrasive materials and equipment, including the introduction of safer and more eco-friendly alternatives to sand. Today, sandblasting plays a vital role in industries such as automotive, aerospace, construction, and restoration, offering efficient surface preparation for various applications.

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