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FREE Table Saw SOP (Safe Operating Procedure)

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Purpose of Document

Table Saw SOPs outline a safe operating procedure for table saw 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 Table Saw 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 Table Saw SOP prior to operation within your business. It can also be used for refresher training periodically.

Who Should Use

Table Saw 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 table saw?

A table saw is a woodworking tool equipped with a circular blade mounted on an arbor and driven by an electric motor, used for cutting wood along its grain or across it.

What is a table saw used for?

It’s commonly used in woodworking shops, construction sites, and DIY projects for tasks such as ripping, cross-cutting, and miter cutting wood pieces.

What hazards are involved in using a table saw?

Some hazards that are involved in table saw use include:

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

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

Some safety controls that can be utilised include:

  • Using a blade guard and riving knife
  • Blade alignment
  • Wearing PPE
  • Operating training

Did you know?

The table saw, a cornerstone in woodworking, boasts a fascinating history spanning centuries. Originating in ancient civilizations, early iterations of saws were handheld tools used for cutting wood. However, it wasn’t until the late 18th century that the modern table saw began to take shape with innovations like the circular saw blade. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, advancements in design and technology propelled the table saw into prominence, revolutionizing woodworking practices. Today, table saws come in various types, including portable, contractor, and cabinet saws, offering precision and power for a wide range of cutting tasks in woodworking shops worldwide.

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