Sander: Checklist

A sander is used for finishing the surface of a wood piece. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of this machine, and to ensure a safer workplace environment.

A sander is used for finishing the surface of a wood piece. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of this machine, and to ensure a safer workplace environment.

Businesses should fill out this checklist to ensure the sander is in proper working condition and has the necessary safe guards before workers operate this machine.

Checklist: Machine and operating environment

Machine identity/details:

Inspection  date:

Compiled  by: (Employer signature)

Audit criteria

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Machine

Stability:

Is the machine stable and unlikely to move during operation?

   

Abrasive belts and discs:

Is the belt or disc of the sander enclosed with guarding, excepting the part required for sanding?

Are the sanding belts installed for the correct direction of travel?

   

Push pad:

Is a push pad available for use with a stroke sander?

   

Operating controls:

Are the operating controls easily accessible to the operator? Do the operating controls prevent accidental start-up?

Are the control functions clearly marked?

   

Emergency stop:

Is there an emergency stop of the mushroom-headed type (or equivalent)? Is the emergency stop easily accessible and labelled?

Are the stop/start buttons, emergency stop buttons, and safety bars all operating effectively?

   

Moving parts:

Is the transmission drive and other moving parts totally enclosed or guarded?

   

Equipment isolation:

Are there systems in place for the sander to be isolated?

   

Operating environment

Work space:

Is there a clear work space around the machine?

   

Lighting:

Is the general and task lighting adequate?

Is lighting protected against flying objects?

   

Airborne contaminants:

Is dust extraction fitted correctly and maintained?

Is the dust extraction system turned on during work hours?

   

Noise:

Has use of sound absorbing material been considered to reduce noise levels?

   

Housekeeping:

Is the floor area regularly cleaned, and all off-cuts and other debris removed?

   

Safe, firm, foothold:

Does the floor surface around the machine provide a safe, firm foothold?

   

Supervision

Training:

Are all operators of this machine trained and experienced, and also instructed and supervised by a competent person when undergoing training?

   

PPE:

Example of PPE

Has the correct type of PPE been provided to workers and being worn?

   

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