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Drum Sander Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement for using a drum sander – a comprehensive solution to ensuring safety and compliance on your project. Our SWMS is designed to be pre-filled and comprehensive, taking the hassle out of creating a safety plan from scratch.

Some key features of our SWMS include:

  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format: This makes it easy for you to make any necessary changes to suit your specific project requirements.
  • Scope of the project and project details: Our SWMS covers all the necessary details, ensuring that all aspects of the project are taken into account.
  • Checklist of high risk machinery on site: This helps you identify any potential hazards and mitigate risks associated with the use of high-risk machinery.
  • Recording of staff training: Our SWMS provides space for recording any training undertaken by staff, ensuring that all personnel are qualified to operate the machinery safely.
  • Before and after risk ratings: We provide a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix to help you identify any potential hazards and determine the appropriate risk rating for each activity.
  • Resources for legislative references: Our SWMS includes references to relevant legislation, ensuring that you are complying with all legal requirements.
  • All PPE required: Our SWMS lists all required PPE to be worn by personnel, ensuring that everyone is adequately protected.
  • Checklist to ensure all requirements are covered: Our SWMS includes a comprehensive checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS.
  • Sign off page for workers and responsible persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and has acknowledged the safety plan.
  • Easy to use and customise: Our SWMS is designed to be easy to use and customise, making it suitable for all projects, large or small.
  • Suitable for large contracts and tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly delivered download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, ensuring that you can start working on your safety plan right away.

At our company, we understand the importance of safety and compliance on every project. Our SWMS for using a drum sander is designed to help you ensure the safety of all personnel on your project, while also complying with all legal requirements. With our SWMS, you can be confident that you have taken all necessary steps to protect your workers and meet all legal obligations.

Here is some safety information related to using a drum sander.


  • Contact with rotating drum
  • Dust inhalation
  • Electrical hazards
  • Manual handling injuries
  • Slips, trips, and falls


  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • All workers and contractors must wear appropriate PPE, including:
  • Eye protection (safety glasses or goggles)
  • Dust mask or respirator
  • Hearing protection (earmuffs or earplugs)
  • Gloves (optional)
  1. Electrical Safety
  • Ensure that the power source for the drum sander is properly grounded.
  • Check the electrical cord and plug for any damage before use.
  • Do not use the drum sander near water or in damp conditions.
  1. Drum Sander Safety
  • Do not wear loose clothing or jewellery that can get caught in the drum.
  • Ensure that the drum is properly secured before use.
  • Only use the drum sander with the appropriate sandpaper.
  • Never use the drum sander without the dust collection system in place.
  • Never leave the drum sander unattended while it is turned on.
  1. Manual Handling
  • When moving the drum sander, use proper lifting techniques.
  • Do not attempt to move the drum sander alone. Seek assistance from another worker or contractor.
  1. Housekeeping
  • Keep the work area clean and free of debris.
  • Use a vacuum or dust extractor to clean up dust and debris regularly.
  • Ensure that the dust collection system is working effectively.


  1. Preparation
  • Identify and assess the hazards associated with using a drum sander.
  • Ensure that all workers and contractors have been trained on the safe use of a drum sander.
  • Inspect the drum sander for any damage or defects before use.
  • Ensure that the work area is free of any hazards.
  1. Set-Up
  • Set up the drum sander in a safe and stable location.
  • Ensure that the dust collection system is properly connected and functioning.
  • Install the appropriate sandpaper onto the drum.
  1. Operation
  • Turn on the dust collection system before turning on the drum sander.
  • Turn on the drum sander and allow it to reach full speed before beginning sanding.
  • Begin sanding with light pressure, gradually increasing pressure as necessary.
  • Move the drum sander in a straight line with the grain of the wood.
  • Avoid stopping the drum sander on the surface being sanded.
  1. Clean-Up
  • Turn off the drum sander and dust collection system.
  • Allow the drum sander to come to a complete stop before removing sandpaper or making any adjustments.
  • Use a vacuum or dust extractor to clean up dust and debris.
  • Store the drum sander in a safe location.

Emergency Procedures:

  • In the event of an emergency, such as an electrical fault, fire, or injury, immediately stop using the drum sander and contact emergency services.
  • Evacuate the area if necessary and follow the site’s emergency procedures.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey, everyone! Today, I want to talk to you about something that’s really important when it comes to woodworking, and that’s working with a drum sander. While a drum sander can be an incredibly useful tool, it’s also something that can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. So, in this post, I’m going to be talking about some of the dangers of working with a drum sander, as well as some safety recommendations to keep in mind when using one.

First things first, let’s talk about the dangers. One of the biggest dangers when it comes to using a drum sander is getting your fingers caught in the machine. As you’re probably aware, a drum sander has a rotating drum that spins at a high speed, and if your fingers get caught in there, it can be extremely dangerous. Not only can it cause serious injuries, but it can also potentially be fatal.

Another danger to keep in mind is the risk of dust and debris flying around. When you’re using a drum sander, it’s likely that you’ll be generating a lot of dust, and if you’re not wearing the proper protective gear, it can get into your eyes or lungs, causing irritation or even long-term health problems.

So, now that we’ve talked about some of the dangers, let’s move on to some safety recommendations. The first and most important thing you need to do is wear the proper protective gear. This means wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes from dust and debris, as well as a mask or respirator to protect your lungs from the same. Additionally, you should wear gloves to protect your hands from getting caught in the machine.

Another safety recommendation to keep in mind is to always make sure the machine is turned off and unplugged before you do any kind of maintenance or cleaning. This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many accidents happen because someone forgot to turn the machine off before doing something like changing the sandpaper.

When it comes to actually using the drum sander, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to go slow and take your time. It can be tempting to try to rush through a job, but that’s when accidents are most likely to happen. Take your time, and make sure you’re using the machine properly.

Finally, it’s important to keep the machine properly maintained. This means checking it regularly for any signs of wear or damage, and fixing any issues before they become bigger problems. Additionally, you should always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance and cleaning.

So, there you have it guys – some of the dangers of working with a drum sander, as well as some safety recommendations to keep in mind when using one. Remember, woodworking can be a fun and rewarding hobby, but it’s important to always keep safety in mind. By following these recommendations, you can help ensure that you’re able to use your drum sander safely and without incident. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you in the next post.


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