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Power Tools – General Operation SWMS

Power Tools – General Operation SWMS

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  • Review Date: 14 March 2014

The Safety Procedure includes:

  • PPE
  • Safety Notes
  • Planning
  • Preparation
  • Pre- operational inspection
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Employee sign off

Power Tools Information:

The Power Tools Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is a comprehensive procedure outlining the steps for the safe use of power tools.

This SWMS covers general safety issues concerned with the operation of hand held power tools. It does not cover use of Power Actuated/Explosive Tools (PAT) or a specific item of plant.

The Power Tools procedure 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 OHS System.

The Power Tools Work Method Statement can be used as part of your OHS inductions, for Tool box talks or tender applications.


Consult with employees to identify hazards/risk with plant in operation.


  • Safe operating Procedures are available
  • Manufacturer’s instructions/manual available.
  • All persons trained in use of particular tool
  • Purchasing procedure developed to ensure any risks with new tools are reduced as far as reasonable.
  • Note: This is particularly important for purchase of second hand tools.

Ensure tool suitable for task:

  • Suited to the material. Eg: steel, wood, MDF, plastic
  • Not too powerful for task. Eg: don’t use larger angle grinder than needed
  • Sufficient power for task – excessive force not required.


  • OHS Legislation in all States
  • AS/NZS 60745.1 – 2009 Hand Held Motor Generated Electric Tools. Safety – Genera Requirements
  • WorkSafe Victoria (2009) Health and Safety Solutions – Preventing Electric shock from Power tools and electric leads
  • AS/NZS 3012 Electrical Installations – Construction and Demolition
  • National Standard for Plant (NOHSC: 1010:1994)
  • WorkSafe Victoria / QLD DEIR – Code of Practice for Plant
  • WorkSafe Victoria (2005) Noise – Buy Quiet Guidelines
  • ASSC – National Code of Practice for the Prevention of MSD Caused from performing manual tasks.
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