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JIG SAW

SCOPE
This document is to be completed for staff and student use of machinery, plant
& equipment as a part of a school curriculum activity or program.

Refer to the ITD Guidelines for further staff advice on the risk management
process for practical ITD curriculum activities in schools.

\ Plant / Equipment Description:      

Teachers / Leaders:      

Room Locations:      

Assessment Date:       Review Date:      

N.B. This assessment can remain active for up to 5 years. However, an annual monitoring & review process
should be undertaken and recorded – refer to the last page of this document.

Below are the details of the manufacturing or production processes attributed to this item of equipment categorised
by their assessed inherent risk levels (refer to the Equipment / Process Risk Matrix). The actions required for
approval for each level of inherent risk are mandatory.

Inherent Risk Level Details of Processes Action Required / Approval

 When cutting straight lines on uniformly square


wood materials or plastic sheet between 3mm –
10mm thickness.  Document controls in planning
 When materials are securely clamped down or documents and/or complete
 Medium held in a vice. this Plant Risk Assessment.
 When the power cord is securely out of the path  Consider obtaining parental
of the reciprocating blade. permission.
 When inexperienced students are closely
supervised by the teacher at all times.

 A Plant Risk Assessment is


required to be completed.
 When cutting tight curves or angles on materials
where the blade could twist or bind.  Principal or Classified Officer
(i.e. DP, HOD, HOC, HOSES)
 High  When cutting any sheet metal materials. approval prior to conducting
 When larger size work pieces or materials this activity is required.
cannot be clamped down or stabilised securely.  Obtaining parental permission
is recommended.

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Minimum Standards

Minimum Qualifications and Experience


Listed below are the general “Minimum” recommendations for the management of this Plant / Equipment.
 Indicate the minimum management controls.

Registered teachers with experience, ability and competency in the safe use of this plant / equipment
(indicate one or more of the following):
Specific knowledge of the safe and correct use of this plant / equipment;
Experience (i.e. previous involvement and familiarity) in the safe use of this plant / equipment;
Demonstrated expertise, ability and competency with this plant / equipment;
Documented qualifications relating to the use of this plant / equipment ( e.g. in a staff profile )
OR
An adult staff member or leader, other than a registered teacher, with :
Expertise in the safe and correct use of this plant / equipment;
Documented qualifications that demonstrate experience, ability and competency in the safe use
of this plant / equipment.

Will any ITD staff require initial and/or ongoing training for the safe use of this plant / equipment ?
If yes, give details:      

Will students be operating this plant / equipment ?


If yes, state how student use of this plant / equipment will be managed ( e.g. Workshop Safety Induction )
Give details:      

Further information if required:      

Minimum Control Requirements


Supporting documentation available in the school on this plant / equipment includes:
Operators Manual
Safe Operating Procedures – (SOP)
Equipment Maintenance Records – (EMR)
A process for recording student safety induction ( link to example )
A process for recording staff training & experience – e.g. ITD Staff Profile ( link to example )
All guards are in place & in good working order for this plant / equipment
Safe Working Zones are defined for this plant / equipment (e.g. yellow lines and / or appropriate signage)
Suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) is available to be used by all operators
This plant / equipment complies with relevant safety standards

Further information if required:      

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Hazards and Control Measures
Listed below are indicative hazards/risks and suggested control measures. They are by no means exhaustive lists.
Add details of any other hazards/risks or additional controls you intend to implement.
 Indicate the Control Measures adopted. Detail their implementation and any additional controls required.

Details of how this will


Hazards/Risks Hierarchy of Recommended Yes No be implemented
Control Measures
( and any additional controls )

Exposure to Rotating 1. Where possible, potentially hazardous      


or Moving Parts: portable power tools, including all jigsaws,
are substituted or replaced with less
hazardous alternatives.
 Entanglement &
Entrapment 2. All necessary guards & safety devices are      
in place protecting workers from all moving
Could hair, clothing, ties,
parts including the reciprocating blade.
jewellery or other materials
become entangled with 3. Staff & student training is provided to
moving parts of plant or
     
minimise exposure to these hazards &
materials in motion? risks.
 Striking 4. Safe operating procedures (SOP’s) are      
Could anyone be struck by available & clearly displayed.
moving objects such as the 5. Warning “Danger” tags (or similar) are
work piece being ejected, or      
affixed to all portable power tools under
by the unexpected or repair or maintenance preventing workers
uncontrolled movement of the from using the equipment.
plant or work piece?
6. “Safe Working Zones” are clearly defined in      
 Cutting, Stabbing workspaces where jigs saws are to be
& Puncturing used.
Can anyone be cut, stabbed 7. Operators are required to remove all
or punctured by coming into      
jewellery, tuck in loose clothing & tie back
contact with moving plant or long hair.
parts, or objects such as
ejected workpiece or waste? 8. All approved personal protective      
equipment (PPE) is used where required.

Slips, Trips, Falls & 1. Slip resistant flooring is encouraged in      


Abrasions: workspaces. Regular checks are made for
unsafe wear & damage. Inspections are
Can anyone using the plant or made for any power leads, etc.
in the vicinity of the plant, slip,
trip or fall due to the working 2. Procedures are in place for the disposal of      
environment or other factors? all waste materials around all work spaces
where portable jig sawing activities are to
e.g. Poor housekeeping, dust be performed.
on floors, slippery or uneven
work surfaces, power cables 3. Staff training is provided to minimise      
across work areas causing exposure to these hazards.
injuries & abrasions?

Environmental: 1. Portable jigsaw tools are regularly      


maintained to help minimise the risk of
exposures to these hazards.
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Details of how this will
Hazards/Risks Hierarchy of Recommended Yes No be implemented
Control Measures
( and any additional controls )
2. All portable power tool maintenance is      
 Noise documented.
Is it likely that the normal 3. Exposure to noisy ITD workshop
operation of this plant will      
environments is monitored & evaluated
produce excessive noise regularly for all workers.
levels?
4. Staff & student training is provided to      
 Dust, Fumes & minimise exposure to these hazards.
Vapours
5. All ducted dust & fume extraction systems      
Is it likely there will be airborne
are connected and operational, fully
dust particles, toxic fumes or
maintained and cleaned as required.
volatile vapours produced &
therefore be present in the 6. Good lighting is provided to all workspaces
workspace?
     
and this is maintained on a regular basis.
Fluorescent tubes are checked & replaced
 Vibration
as required.
Is the normal operation of this
plant likely to create severe or 7. All approved personal protective      
excess vibration that could be equipment (PPE) is used where required.
transferable to the operator?
 Lighting
Is there insufficient lighting to
operate this plant in a safe
manner? Is there a possible
strobe lighting effect caused
by faulty fluorescent tubes in
the workspace?

Electrical: 1. Visual checks are made of all portable      


power tools, their electrical switches, plugs
Can the operator be injured by & power leads, etc.
electrical shock due to 2. Electrical safety inspections, testing &
working near or contacting      
tagging, etc. are completed regularly as
with damaged or poorly per guidelines for all portable power tools.
maintained live electrical
conductors such as power 3. Portable power tools are to be used only      
outlets, extension leads, where there is a RCD safety trip switch
safety switches, starters & connected?
isolators or casual water on
4. Warning “Danger” tags (or similar) are      
the floor near plant &
affixed to all portable power tools under
machinery?
repair or maintenance preventing workers
from using them.
5. Electrical maintenance on all portable      
power tools is documented.

Exposure: 1. Portable jigsaw tools are regularly      


maintained to help minimise the risk of
exposures to these hazards.

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Details of how this will
Hazards/Risks Hierarchy of Recommended Yes No be implemented
Control Measures
( and any additional controls )
2. All portable power tools maintenance is      
 Friction documented.
Is the plant likely to generate 3. Any potentially hazardous waste materials      
heat by friction? Could the or toxic dusts resulting from this jig sawing
plant operator accidentally process are monitored and managed.
come into contact with moving
materials resulting in friction 4. Staff & student training is provided to      
burns to the skin, particularly minimise exposure to these hazards.
hands? 5. “Safe Working Zones” are clearly defined in      
 Hazardous all workspaces where jig saws are used.
Substances 6. All approved personal protective      
Is it likely that the plant equipment (PPE) is used where required.
operator or others nearby in
the workspace could be
exposed to hazardous or toxic
chemicals such as airborne
toxic wood dust particulates?

Ergonomics & 1. Where possible, practical work benches      


Manual Handling: are planned & adjusted to a comfortable
work height thus minimizing any unsafe or
excessively strenuous manual tasks.
Can the plant be safely
operated, in a suitable 2. Sufficient workspace is provided in all      
location, providing clear & practical classrooms to help ensure
unobstructed access? unobstructed, safe operation.
Poorly designed work stations
often necessitate teachers & 3. Floors are regularly cleaned & free of      
students performing manual excessive wood dust, waste materials &
tasks involving heavy lifting & other extraneous objects.
lowering, pushing, pulling or
carrying, etc. Such tasks then 4. Staff training is provided with regard to      
contribute to a range of manual handling techniques & procedures
musculoskeletal sprains & to minimise exposure to these hazards.
strains for workers.

Explosion & Fire: 1. Fire extinguishers of the correct type are      
readily available in all workspaces &
As a consequence of using positioned near exit doorways.
this particular item of plant &
equipment, could anyone be
2. Staff training is provided regarding      
injured by the release of procedures for the correct & appropriate
stored energy triggered by use of fire safety equipment.
volatile, explosive substances
such as stored gasses,
3. Exits from buildings & other work areas are      
defined & access to them kept clear of
vapours or liquids?
obstructions.
4. Safety signage is posted clearly denoting      
the location of all fire safety items &
emergence exits.

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Additional Control Measures
Other Hazards/Risks These would relate to the specific student needs, locations and conditions in which you are
conducting your activity.

           

Approval

Submitted by:       Date:      

Approved as submitted.

Approved with the following condition(s):


     

Not Approved for the following reason(s):


     

By:       Designation:      

Signed: Date:      

ITD staff members involved in the use of this risk assessment & the associated plant & equipment:

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Monitoring and Review
This Plant & Equipment Risk Assessment is to be monitored and reviewed annually for a further four (4) years

Review 1: Yes No
 Are allocated risk levels and “Actions Required” unchanged over the past 12 months ?
 Are Minimum Standards and Recommended Control Measures unchanged over 12 months ?
 ITD staffing details at this school have remained unchanged over the past 12 months ?

If the responses are “NO” for any question, record current details here, and list all staff changes (with signatures)
     

Reviewed by:       Designation:      

Signed: Review Date :      

Review 2: Yes No
 Are allocated risk levels and “Actions Required” unchanged over the past 12 months ?
 Are Minimum Standards and Recommended Control Measures unchanged over 12 months ?
 ITD staffing details at this school have remained unchanged over the past 12 months ?

If the responses are “NO” for any question, record current details here, and list all staff changes (with signatures)
     

Reviewed by:       Designation:      

Signed: Review Date :      

Review 3: Yes No
 Are allocated risk levels and “Actions Required” unchanged over the past 12 months ?
 Are Minimum Standards and Recommended Control Measures unchanged over 12 months ?
 ITD staffing details at this school have remained unchanged over the past 12 months ?

If the responses are “NO” for any question, record current details here, and list all staff changes (with signatures)
     

Reviewed by:       Designation:      

Signed: Review Date :      

Review 4: Yes No
 Are allocated risk levels and “Actions Required” unchanged over the past 12 months ?
 Are Minimum Standards and Recommended Control Measures unchanged over 12 months ?
 ITD staffing details at this school have remained unchanged over the past 12 months ?

If the responses are “NO” for any question, record current details here, and list all staff changes (with signatures)
     

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Monitoring and Review
This Plant & Equipment Risk Assessment is to be monitored and reviewed annually for a further four (4) years
Reviewed by:       Designation:      

Signed: Review Date :      

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