Topic outline

  • General

    Power Tools Safe Operating Procedures

    Plant Tools and Equipment are used on a daily basis in the building industry.

    It is the responsibility of the employer to provide and maintain a safe working environment and safe work procedures.

    The employer must also provide information, instruction, training and supervision to enable employees to work safely.

    Employees must follow any instruction and training provided, and must point out hazards to their supervisor.

    Employees also have a responsibility to take reasonable care to ensure their own safety and health, and to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of others through any act or omission at work.

    Portable electrical power tools make the job easier.

    But they should never be taken for granted.

    Electricity is unforgiving.

    Power tools must comply with Australian safety standards.

    Power tools must comply with Australian Standards AS/NZS3100 and AS/NZS3160.

    Some potential hazards include

    • electricity
    • moving and rotating parts
    • dust
    • eye injuries
    • noise
    • burns
    • entanglement

  • Topic 1

    Builders and construction contractors must know the hazards of electricity

    and an understanding of how to use a power tool safely.

    Complete the following courses to gain a greater understanding of what is required to operate electric power tools.

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  • Topic 2

    Builders and construction contractors must have a basic understanding of how to use a power drill safely.

    Complete the following course to gain a greater understanding of how to operate power tools.

  • Topic 3

    Builders and construction contractors must have a basic understanding of how to use a power saw safely. Complete the following course to gain a greater understanding of how to operate power tools.

  • Topic 4

    Angle Grinders

    Ensure the angle grinders provided are suitable for the tasks
    Arrange for regular maintenance and inspection
    Carry out risk assessments of all tasks involving the use of angle grinders
    Ensure only trained employees change discs
    Ensure that employees are trained in the correct use of angle grinders
    Determine the personal protective equipment required and issue to all employees who use angle grinders

  • Topic 5

    Working on Elevated Platforms

    Falls are a major cause of death and serious injury in Australian workplaces and particularly on residential building sites.

    Fall hazards are found when carrying out common tasks in the construction of a typical one or two storey house.

    It is important for all construction workers to be able to work safety on elevated platforms.

    Complete the following course to gain a better understanding of on how to work on elevated platforms safely.

  • Topic 6

    Ladder Safety

    Watch to following presentation to gain a better understanding on how to use a ladder safely.

    • Topic 7

      Nail Gun Procedures

      Watch the following presentation to gain a better understanding on how to use a cordless framing nailer.