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Shaper Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our comprehensive Shaper Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) – a tool that brings precision and efficiency to your woodworking projects. Our SWMS is here to assist you in navigating potential risks and ensuring a safe working environment. With a focus on customisation and ease of use, it provides the necessary guidance while allowing you to tailor it to your specific project needs.

Key Features:

  1. Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS template comes pre-filled with essential information to save you time and effort. It covers a wide range of aspects related to shaper usage, ensuring that critical details are not overlooked.
  2. Fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format: We understand the importance of flexibility, which is why our SWMS is provided in Microsoft Word format. This allows you to easily edit and customize it according to your project requirements.
  3. Scope of the project and project details: The SWMS includes a clear outline of the project scope and relevant project details. This helps you identify the specific areas where the shaper will be utilised and the associated tasks.
  4. Checklist of any high-risk machinery on-site: Safety is our utmost priority. Our SWMS includes a checklist to identify any high-risk machinery present on-site. This ensures that appropriate precautions are taken when working with other equipment in proximity to the shaper.
  5. Recording staff training: We understand the importance of training in maintaining a safe work environment. Our SWMS provides space to record staff training, enabling you to keep track of employees’ competencies and certifications.
  6. Before and after risk ratings: To effectively manage and mitigate risks, our SWMS includes before and after risk ratings. This allows you to assess the potential hazards associated with shaper usage, implement necessary controls, and track the effectiveness of risk reduction measures.
  7. Resources for use of legislative references: Compliance with legislation is critical. Our SWMS includes resources that provide guidance on legislative references, helping you stay up-to-date with the relevant legal requirements and ensuring your work aligns with industry standards.
  8. All Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required: Our SWMS ensures that the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is identified and specified. This includes items such as safety glasses, hearing protection, and appropriate work attire, promoting a culture of safety among your workforce.
  9. Risk assessment and risk assessment matrix: A comprehensive risk assessment is crucial for any project. Our SWMS includes a risk assessment section, allowing you to identify potential hazards, assess their severity and likelihood, and develop appropriate control measures using a risk assessment matrix.
  10. Checklist to ensure all requirements have been covered: To facilitate thoroughness, our SWMS includes a checklist. This helps ensure that all necessary requirements have been considered and covered, providing peace of mind that your project is compliant with safety protocols.
  11. Sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons: Accountability is key in maintaining a safe work environment. Our SWMS includes a sign-off page where all workers and responsible persons can acknowledge their understanding and commitment to following the safety guidelines outlined in the document.
  12. Easy to use, easy to customise: Our SWMS is designed to be user-friendly, with a logical and intuitive structure. You can easily navigate through the document and customize it to suit your specific project needs without any hassle.
  13. Suitable for large contracts and tenders: Whether you’re involved in large contracts or tenders, our SWMS is built to meet the requirements of various project scales. Its comprehensive nature and adaptability make it an ideal choice for tier 1 contractual work.
  14. Instantly delivered download: Time is of the essence, and we value your efficiency. Once you complete your purchase, our SWMS is available forinstant download. You can access the SWMS immediately, allowing you to start planning and implementing safety measures without delay.

Our SWMS is designed to provide a balance between professionalism and a touch of personality. We understand that safety is a serious matter, but we also believe that approachability and friendliness can go a long way in encouraging compliance and engagement from your team.

By choosing our SWMS for using a shaper, you are investing in a comprehensive tool that supports your commitment to creating a safe work environment. With its user-friendly format, editable features, and emphasis on customisation, it becomes an invaluable resource tailored to your specific project requirements.

Remember, safety is a shared responsibility. Our SWMS acts as a guide, empowering you and your team to identify potential risks, implement preventive measures, and make informed decisions to ensure the well-being of everyone involved.

Take the first step towards a safer workplace by utilising our SWMS for using a shaper. Together, we can build a culture of safety that not only protects individuals but also enhances the overall success of your projects. Download your copy now and embark on a journey towards safer and more efficient woodworking practices.

Here is some safety information related to using a shaper.


  1. Entanglement Hazards: a. Rotating cutters or blades can catch loose clothing, hair, or jewellery, leading to entanglement and potential injury. b. Material being shaped can get caught in the cutter, causing kickbacks or flying debris.
  2. Cutting and Crushing Hazards: a. Contact with the moving cutter can result in cuts, lacerations, or amputations. b. Incorrect setup or adjustment of the shaper can lead to the material being crushed between the cutter and the table.
  3. Noise Hazards: a. Shapers can generate high noise levels that can damage hearing if not properly controlled.
  4. Dust and Fume Hazards: a. Shaping various materials can produce airborne dust and fumes, which can pose respiratory hazards if inhaled.

Risk Control Measures and Recommendations:

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): a. Wear appropriate PPE, including safety glasses with side shields to protect eyes from flying debris. b. Use hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, to reduce the risk of hearing damage. c. Wear fitted clothing without loose ends, and avoid wearing jewellery or loose accessories that could get entangled in the machine.
  2. Machine Setup and Maintenance: a. Ensure the shaper is installed on a stable and level surface to prevent vibrations and instability during operation. b. Regularly inspect the machine for any damage or defects before use. c. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for setup, adjustment, and maintenance of the shaper.
  3. Safe Operating Procedures: a. Familiarize yourself with the shaper’s controls and emergency stop mechanisms. b. Securely clamp the workpiece to prevent movement or kickbacks during shaping. c. Use push sticks or other appropriate tools to feed small or narrow workpieces. d. Avoid standing directly in line with the cutter’s rotation to minimize the risk of injury in case of kickbacks.
  4. Dust and Fume Control: a. Connect the shaper to a dust extraction system or use a suitable dust mask to minimize the inhalation of dust and fumes. b. Regularly clean the shaper and surrounding area to remove accumulated dust and debris.
  5. Training and Supervision: a. Ensure operators receive adequate training on the safe use of shapers, including hazard identification and risk control measures. b. Provide supervision and ongoing support to ensure safe work practices are followed.

Emergency Response:

  1. Ensure the location of emergency stops and switches is clearly marked and easily accessible.
  2. In case of an emergency or accident, immediately stop the machine and seek medical assistance as required.
  3. Report any incidents or near misses to the relevant authorities or your supervisor for investigation and improvement of safety procedures.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hello, my friends, let’s talk about recommendations and dangers when it comes to working with a shaper machine. Now, before we dive into this topic, let me tell you, this is not a game. This is serious business. If you’re not careful, these machines can eat you up and spit you out. But if you play your cards right, they can be your ticket to success. So, buckle up and get ready to learn!

First things first, my friends, safety should always be your top priority. These machines are powerful beasts, and they demand your utmost respect. Before you even think about firing up that shaper machine, make sure you have all the necessary safety gear. We’re talking goggles, gloves, ear protection – the whole nine yards. Don’t skimp on safety, my friends. It’s not worth it.

Now, let’s talk about the machine itself. A shaper machine is a versatile tool that can be used for various shaping and cutting tasks. It can create smooth, precise cuts on wood, metal, and other materials. But here’s the thing: it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. You need to understand the capabilities and limitations of the machine you’re working with.

When it comes to recommendations, my friends, I’ve got a few for you. Firstly, take the time to read the manual. I know, I know, manuals can be boring, but trust me, they’re your best friend when it comes to understanding the ins and outs of your shaper machine. Familiarize yourself with the controls, the safety features, and the maintenance procedures. Knowledge is power, my friends.

Secondly, start small. Don’t go jumping into big, complicated projects right off the bat. Take the time to practice and hone your skills on simpler tasks. It’s all about building a solid foundation. Trust me, my friends, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your mastery of the shaper machine won’t be either.

Now, let’s shift gears and talk about the dangers. Like I said earlier, these machines are no joke. One wrong move, and you could end up seriously injured. So, listen up, my friends, and take these dangers to heart.

First and foremost, never, and I mean never, operate a shaper machine if you’re tired, distracted, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is a recipe for disaster, my friends. Your focus needs to be razor-sharp when working with these machines. Stay alert and stay sober.

Another danger to watch out for is improper setup. You need to make sure the machine is securely fastened to a stable surface before you start working. Loose machinery can lead to all sorts of problems, including kickback and loss of control. Don’t take shortcuts, my friends. Set it up right, every single time.

Lastly, don’t forget about maintenance. These machines need regular upkeep to keep them running smoothly and safely. Check the belts, the blades, and all the moving parts regularly. Keep them clean and well-lubricated. Don’t neglect this aspect, my friends. Negligence can lead to catastrophic failures.

So, there you have it, my friends. Recommendations and dangers when it comes to working with a shaper machine. Remember, safety first, always. Take the time to learn and understand your machine. Start small and build your way up. And above all, never forget that these machines demand respect.

Now go out there, my friends, and shape your way to greatness. Stay safe, stay hungry, and keep hustling.


Shaper Safe Work Method Statement

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