Safe Work Practice Cut-Off Saws
13 Jun 2020 - Flaaim
Only qualified personnel of (Company name) are allowed to operate a cut-off saw.
When using this piece of equipment, it is important to remember the following practices:
- Use safety footwear, snug fitting clothing, safety glasses, hearing protection and a hardhat while operating the cut-off saw. A respirator with HEPA filters must be worn while cutting concrete or asphalt.
- Dust concentrations must be maintained below the established exposure limits. Keep water continuously running on the cutting wheel while cutting,
- Asphalt, if dust concentrations may exceed exposure limits.
- Operate the cut-off saw in well-ventilated areas.
- Inspect the cut-off saw before start-up, CLEAN THE AIR FILTER.
- Inspect the cutting wheel for warping and damage before using the cut-off saw.
- Run the saw at full throttle while cutting.
- Use the bottom of the wheel for cutting.
- Test newly mounted wheels to run at normal operating speed for approx. 30 seconds with guard in place before beginning to use.
- Hold the cut-off saw with 2 hands while it is running
- Use caution when handling fuel. Do not fuel cut-off saw while it is running and do not fuel up saw near an ignition source.
- Keep all parts of your body away from the cutting wheel while it is running.
- Run the cut-off saw for 30 seconds at normal operating speeds after the cut is finished to allow all of the water to be thrown off the cutting wheel.
- Keep good balance and footing; use both hands and keep a firm grip on the handles.
- Keep work piece at a comfortable distance.
- Run saw at full throttle.
- Be careful when re-entering a cut.
- Be alert to ensure that the cut-off saw blade does not become pinched in the cut.
- Don’t allow bystanders to stand in the work area while using a cut-off saw.
- Don’t cut in the vicinity of anything that is flammable. Most cutting produces sparks.
- Don’t operate the cut-off saw without the wheel guard in place.
- Don’t exceed the maximum operating speed marked on the wheel.
- Don’t cock, jam or wedge the wheel into a cut.
- Don’t grind on the side of the wheel.
- Don’t operate a cut-off saw that is damaged, improperly adjusted or improperly assembled.
- Don’t use water on a dry cutting wheel, or sprinkle the blade periodically with water. (Sudden temperature changes will weaken the wheel)
- Never cut with the top or front of the blade
- Never cut above shoulder height.
- Make sure you can contact people in the event of an incident.