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Edge Sander Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement for working with edge sanders! This comprehensive and pre-filled document is designed to make your workplace safer by providing detailed guidelines for working with this high-risk machinery.

Here are some key features of our SWMS:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS is pre-filled with comprehensive information, making it easy to use straight away. It covers all the key details you need to know when working with an edge sander, helping to minimise risk and keep your staff safe.
  • Fully Editable: Our SWMS comes in Microsoft Word format, so you can easily edit and customise it to suit your specific needs. Whether you need to add additional information or remove sections that don’t apply to your workplace, our SWMS is flexible and easy to use.
  • Includes Scope and Project Details: Our SWMS includes details about the scope of the project and project details, ensuring that everyone involved is on the same page and working towards the same goals.
  • Checklist of High Risk Machinery: Our SWMS includes a checklist of high-risk machinery that may be present on your site. This helps you to identify any potential hazards and ensure that your staff are properly trained to use them.
  • Staff Training Record: Our SWMS includes a space to record any staff training that has been completed. This ensures that everyone on your team is fully trained and equipped to work with edge sanders safely.
  • Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes a section for recording before and after risk ratings. This allows you to track the effectiveness of your safety measures and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Legislative References: Our SWMS includes resources for use of legislative references, ensuring that you are fully compliant with all relevant regulations and legislation.
  • PPE Requirements: Our SWMS includes all PPE required for working with edge sanders. This ensures that your staff are properly equipped and protected while working with this high-risk machinery.
  • Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment and risk assessment matrix, which helps you to identify and manage risks in the workplace.
  • Implementation Checklist: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure that all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS. This ensures that nothing is missed and all necessary safety measures are in place.
  • Sign Off Page: Our SWMS includes a sign off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and has agreed to comply with the guidelines outlined in the SWMS.
  • Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, making it perfect for any workplace. It is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work.
  • Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, so you can start using it right away.

At our company, we believe in providing high-quality solutions to help keep your workplace safe. Our SWMS for working with edge sanders is no exception. It provides a detailed and comprehensive guide to working with this high-risk machinery, helping to minimise risk and ensure the safety of your staff.

Here is some safety information related to working with edge sanders.


  • Electrical hazard due to use of power tools
  • Tripping hazard due to cords and hoses
  • Dust inhalation hazard
  • Pinching and crushing hazards from moving parts of the sander
  • Noise exposure

Risk Controls:

  • Ensure all personnel are trained and competent in using the edge sander and PPE
  • Inspect the edge sander and electrical cords before use to ensure they are in good condition and not damaged
  • Use an RCD (residual current device) with all power tools to prevent electrical shock
  • Keep cords and hoses away from the work area to avoid tripping hazards
  • Use a dust extraction system to minimize dust inhalation hazards
  • Use appropriate PPE, including dust masks, ear plugs, safety glasses, and gloves
  • Keep hands and loose clothing away from moving parts of the sander
  • Monitor noise levels and provide hearing protection as needed


  1. Site preparation
  • Ensure the work area is clean and clear of any debris or obstacles
  • Set up the dust extraction system and connect it to the edge sander
  • Ensure all cords and hoses are secured and not in the way
  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ensure all personnel are wearing appropriate PPE, including dust masks, ear plugs, safety glasses, and gloves
  1. Inspection
  • Inspect the edge sander and electrical cords before use to ensure they are in good condition and not damaged
  • Check that the dust extraction system is working properly
  1. Operation
  • Turn on the dust extraction system
  • Turn on the edge sander and allow it to come up to speed before beginning sanding
  • Use the sander to sand the edges of the workpiece
  • Keep hands and loose clothing away from moving parts of the sander
  • Move the sander in a back and forth motion to avoid creating grooves in the workpiece
  • Use a brush to remove any dust buildup on the sanding belt
  • Turn off the edge sander and dust extraction system when finished
  1. Clean up
  • Disconnect the edge sander from the dust extraction system
  • Clean up any dust or debris from the work area
  • Store the edge sander and PPE in a safe and secure location

Emergency Procedures:

  • In case of electrical shock, turn off the power source and seek medical attention immediately
  • In case of fire, use a fire extinguisher or call the fire department
  • In case of injury, provide first aid and seek medical attention as needed

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey everyone, today I want to talk about something that might not be the most exciting topic, but it’s something that can have serious consequences if not taken seriously. I’m talking about working with an edge sander.

First off, let me just say that an edge sander can be a really useful tool when used properly. It can help you achieve smooth and even edges on your woodworking projects, which can make a huge difference in the overall look and quality of your work.

However, as with any power tool, there are some real dangers involved when working with an edge sander. The high speed of the sanding belt can easily cause serious injury if you’re not careful.

So, what can you do to stay safe when working with an edge sander? Here are a few recommendations:

  1. Wear the right gear

First and foremost, it’s important to wear the right safety gear when working with an edge sander. This includes eye protection, ear protection, and a dust mask. The sanding belt can create a lot of sawdust and debris, which can be harmful to your eyes and lungs. And the noise from the machine can be damaging to your hearing, so ear protection is also important.

  1. Keep your hands clear

One of the biggest dangers when working with an edge sander is getting your hands too close to the sanding belt. It can be tempting to try to guide the wood through the machine with your hands, but this is a recipe for disaster. Instead, use a push stick or a featherboard to keep the wood moving through the machine, and keep your hands well clear of the sanding belt.

  1. Use the machine properly

Another important factor in staying safe when working with an edge sander is using the machine properly. Make sure you read the manual and understand how the machine works before you start using it. Always make sure the machine is securely fastened to the workbench, and keep the table and fence adjusted properly. And never try to sand a piece of wood that is too small to hold safely.

  1. Keep the machine in good condition

Finally, it’s important to keep the machine in good condition in order to ensure safe and effective use. Make sure the sanding belt is properly tensioned and aligned, and replace it when it starts to show signs of wear. Keep the machine clean and free of sawdust and debris, and lubricate the moving parts regularly.

Working with an edge sander can be a great way to achieve smooth and even edges on your woodworking projects. But it’s important to remember that this is a powerful and potentially dangerous tool. By following these safety recommendations, you can help ensure that you stay safe while using an edge sander.

In conclusion, safety is key when it comes to working with an edge sander. Always wear the right gear, keep your hands clear, use the machine properly, and keep it in good condition. By taking these precautions, you can help ensure that you stay safe and avoid serious injury when using an edge sander. Thanks for tuning in, and I’ll see you next time.


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