Safety Operating Procedure - Angle Grinder

By Clarence Wagner,2014-09-28 05:47
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Safety Operating Procedure - Angle Grinder

    DO NOT use this power tool unless a teacher has instructed

    you in its safe use and operation and has given permission.

    Safety glasses must be worn at all Long and loose hair must be

    times in work areas. contained.

    Appropriate footwear with substantial Close fitting/protective clothing must be

    uppers must be worn. worn.

    Rings and jewellery must not be Hearing protection must be worn when

    worn. using this machine.


    1. Use only in designated grinding area erect screens if necessary.

    2. Examine the power cord, extension lead, plugs, sockets and power outlet for damage. 3. Ensure that the grinding disc, guard and attachments (including handle) are secure and

    correctly fitted.

    4. Inspect the grinding disc for damage. Do not use damaged grinding disc. 5. Always inspect the work piece to ensure that there aren’t any items which might damage the

    grinding wheel or cause injury to the operator.

    6. Secure and support the work piece using clamps, bench vices, etc.


    1. Ensure all other students are clear of the immediate work area.

    2. Keep fingers and hands & power cords clear of the grinding disc.

    3. Never make adjustments while the angle grinder is running.

    4. Do not switch off the angle grinder when it is under load, except in an emergency. 5. Allow angle grinder to reach operating speed before applying to work piece & increase load


    6. Do not lift or drag angle grinders by the cord.

    7. Keep flexible electrical cords clear of oil, grease, machines and sources of heat. 8. Be aware of flying sparks. Hold grinder so that sparks fly away from you, other people and

    flammable materials.

    9. Do not leave the angle grinder running & only use the grinder when hand held. 10. Do not touch the work piece immediately after grinding operation as it may be extremely hot.


    1. Avoid trip hazards & prevent damage to electrical cord/s.

    2. Do not walk on, wheel objects over, or drop materials / tools on flexible electrical cords. 3. Clean bench and work area & place all waste material in bin.

    4. Return angle grinder & rolled up extension leads to storage area.


    ; Moving and rotating parts ; Movement of work piece

    ; Inhalation of fumes and dust particles ; Burns from hot materials or friction

    ; Electrocution from power faults, faulty equipment or incorrect use

    This SOP should be used in conjunction with Education Policy and Procedures Register (EPPR) - HLS-PR-012: Curriculum Activity Risk Management Modules

    Acknowledgement: Much of the information for this document has been sourced from content kindly provided by Department

    . of Education & Children’s Services SA website : Machine Guarding - Safe Operating Procedures

    Date of last review ______________ Signature ______________________

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