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safe use of angle grinders-cutters
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Safe use of angle grinders-cutters

Safe use of angle grinders/cutters

Angle grinders/cutters etc. appear simple to use. However, used incorrectly and with the wrong type of cutting or grinding disc and accidents may result.

Managing the risks

To help you identify the hazards associated with the use of angle grinders/cutters and the appropriate ways of controlling them, why not use our example Risk Assessment - Safe use of Angle Grinders/Cutters. It covers the generic hazards associated with this type of activity and suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level.

You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow only go so far “as is reasonably practicable”.  

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found in your workplace. 

 

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