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Knife Safety SWMS

Knife Safety SWMS

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The Knife SWMS is a comprehensive procedure outlining the safety steps for the use of knives.

It is ready to use and is not a blank template. Simply add your company details, ABN, and include any site specific details or risks and make it specific to the task at hand. It is then ready for printing and to be incorporated as part of your overall WHS System.

This Work Method Statement provides guidance on the use of hand held knives. This includes fixed, folding and sliding blade (utility) knives.

Guidance is provided on choosing the appropriate knife, preparing your work area, safe use and handling of a knife, sharpening and disposal of blades.

Main Hazards

-       Slips, trips

-       Laceration

-       Puncture wound

-       Exposure to biological fluids


The Knife SWMS can be used as part of your WHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.

The Knife  SWMS includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre-Operational Inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Review
  • References
  • Written by ex WHS inspectors
  • Referenced
  • Risk ratings before and after control measures
  • MS Word format NOT PDF
  • Task specific and site specific details easy to add
  • Includes easy to complete boxes for Company details and project details
  • Employee sign off section
  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

Operation: (extract only)


-       Maintain safe separation between others when using knife

-       Any spills or trip hazards are removed immediately

-       Utility knife blades are changed when edge becomes dulled

-       Knives are sharpened when edge becomes dulled


Snap off blades- Disposable utility knives. Ensure:


-       Do not use fingers to snap off blades

-       Do not snap off by applying force to blade with knife itself. This may lead to uncontrolled release of blade segments

-       Use pliers (or similar) or supplied attachment to contain snapped off section of blade

-       Break off blade at scored breaking points

-       Dispose of snapped off blades in appropriate ‘sharps’ container

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