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Floor Sander Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement for working with a floor sander! Designed with safety in mind, our SWMS is a comprehensive and pre-filled document that helps you and your team plan and execute your project safely and effectively. Here are some of the key features you can expect:

  • Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format for easy editing: Our SWMS can be easily adapted to suit the specific needs of your project. Whether you need to add or remove steps, adjust risk ratings, or update legislative references, our document makes it easy to do so.
  • Includes the scope of the project and the project details: Our SWMS outlines the scope of your project and provides all the necessary details to ensure your team understands the requirements and objectives.
  • Includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery on site: When working with high-risk machinery like a floor sander, it’s crucial to identify potential hazards and implement controls to mitigate risk. Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure all high-risk machinery is identified and managed appropriately.
  • Includes space for recording any staff training: Staff training is an essential component of workplace safety. Our SWMS includes space to record any staff training, ensuring all workers are adequately trained and competent to perform their tasks.
  • Includes before and after risk ratings: Our SWMS includes a risk assessment matrix that helps you rate and assess potential hazards before and after control measures have been implemented.
  • Includes resources for use of legislative references: Our SWMS includes resources that help you understand and comply with legislative references, ensuring your project is compliant with all relevant regulations.
  • Includes all PPE required: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical to ensuring worker safety. Our SWMS outlines all required PPE and ensures all workers are equipped with the necessary gear.
  • Includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered when implementing the SWMS: Our SWMS includes a checklist to ensure all requirements have been met when implementing the SWMS, helping you to manage and mitigate risk more effectively.
  • Includes sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, ensuring everyone is aware of their responsibilities and has agreed to follow the SWMS.
  • Easy to use, easy to customise: Our SWMS is designed to be user-friendly, with a clear and concise layout that makes it easy to understand and use. It’s also fully editable, so you can customise it to your specific needs.
  • Suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work, making it a reliable choice for businesses of all sizes.
  • Instantly delivered download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, so you can get started on your project right away.

At Bluesafe, we’re committed to helping you and your team work safely and effectively. Our Safe Work Method Statement for working with a floor sander is just one example of how we support our clients in achieving their safety goals. So why not download our SWMS today and take the first step towards a safer workplace?

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


The following hazards may arise when operating a floor sander:

  1. Contact with moving parts of the machine, such as the sanding drum, could cause serious injury.
  2. Inhalation of dust particles produced during sanding may lead to respiratory issues.
  3. Tripping over cords or hoses, or slipping on a dusty surface.
  4. Noise levels from the machine may cause hearing damage.
  5. Electrical shock from using faulty equipment or not following safe electrical procedures.

Risk Assessment:

The following risks have been identified, and appropriate control measures have been put in place to mitigate these risks:

  1. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as eye protection, hearing protection, respiratory protection, and sturdy footwear, must be worn at all times.
  2. Before operating the machine, check that all guards and covers are in place, and that the machine is free from defects and damage.
  3. Use the machine in a well-ventilated area, and use a dust extraction system to minimize dust exposure.
  4. Ensure that the work area is clean, tidy and free from any trip hazards.
  5. Always use the machine as per manufacturer’s instructions, and avoid standing on the cable or hose.
  6. Do not use the machine in wet conditions, and ensure that electrical connections are dry.
  7. Use a Residual Current Device (RCD) to prevent electrical shock.
  8. Do not allow unauthorised persons to operate the machine.


  1. Conduct a pre-start inspection of the machine, including all guards and covers, and electrical connections.
  2. Secure the power cable and any hoses to prevent trip hazards.
  3. Place warning signs around the work area to alert others to the work being carried out.
  4. Put on all required PPE before starting the machine.
  5. Turn on the dust extraction system and check that it is working correctly.
  6. Turn on the machine and let it reach full speed before beginning sanding.
  7. Start sanding the floor, ensuring that you keep a firm grip on the machine at all times, and that you maintain a steady pace.
  8. Move the machine in a straight line, and avoid stopping in one place for too long, as this may cause uneven sanding.
  9. Do not use excessive force when sanding, as this may cause the machine to kick back.
  10. Use the machine in a well-ventilated area and take regular breaks to prevent dust exposure.
  11. Turn off the machine and wait for it to come to a complete stop before leaving the work area.
  12. Conduct a post-work inspection of the machine, including all guards and covers, and electrical connections.
  13. Remove PPE and dispose of any waste materials in a safe and appropriate manner.

Emergency Procedures:

In the event of an emergency, such as electrical shock, fire, or injury, follow the following emergency procedures:

  1. Call emergency services immediately.
  2. Switch off the machine and disconnect the power supply.
  3. Administer first aid to any injured person until medical assistance arrives.
  4. Evacuate the area and move to a safe location.
  5. Do not re-enter the area until it has been declared safe by authorised personnel.
  6. Report the incident to management, and complete an incident report form.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey, everyone! Today, I want to talk about something that’s essential for anyone who works with floor sanders. It’s no secret that working with power tools can be dangerous, and a floor sander is no exception. But with the right precautions and safety measures, you can stay safe and avoid any accidents. So, let’s talk about the dangers of working with a floor sander and some safety recommendations that you should follow.

First and foremost, the biggest danger of working with a floor sander is the risk of injury. This could include cuts, scrapes, and even more severe injuries like broken bones or amputations. So, it’s crucial to always wear the proper protective gear. This includes goggles, a dust mask, and gloves. Goggles will protect your eyes from any dust or debris that could fly up while sanding, and a dust mask will protect your lungs from inhaling any particles. Gloves will also protect your hands from getting cut or scraped by the sanding belt.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a floor sander can create a lot of dust, which can be a hazard. Dust can get into your eyes and lungs, causing irritation and even long-term health problems. So, make sure you have proper ventilation in the room you’re working in. If possible, open windows or use a fan to create airflow. You can also wear a respirator mask to filter out any harmful particles.

It’s also important to be aware of your surroundings when working with a floor sander. Make sure there are no tripping hazards, and keep the area clear of any objects that could get caught in the sanding belt. You should also be mindful of any electrical cords or wires in the area, as they could become entangled in the machine. Always keep your workspace clean and organised to avoid any accidents.

When using a floor sander, it’s crucial to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. This includes setting up the machine properly, selecting the right sandpaper grit, and adjusting the speed and pressure of the machine. If you’re unsure about how to use the sander correctly, consult the instruction manual or ask a professional for help.

Lastly, make sure you take breaks when working with a floor sander. Sanding can be tiring, and if you’re fatigued, you’re more likely to make mistakes or have accidents. Take frequent breaks to stretch, rest, and hydrate. This will help you stay alert and focused, reducing the risk of injury.

In summary, working with a floor sander can be dangerous, but by following these safety recommendations, you can minimize the risks and stay safe on the job. Always wear the proper protective gear, create proper ventilation, be aware of your surroundings, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and take breaks when needed. By taking these precautions, you’ll be able to use a floor sander safely and effectively, helping you achieve the results you’re looking for while staying injury-free. Thanks for tuning in, and stay safe out there, my people!


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