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DRILL PRESS

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 drilling holes in timber only using a


variety of small twist drill bits or small lip &
spur (brad point) bits and under direct Manage through regular planning
Low teacher supervision. processes
When materials can be clamped down or a
machine vice is used.

When drilling holes in timber, metal and


Document controls in planning
plastics using a larger variety of boring bits
documents and/or complete this
including twist drills, centre drills, spade bits,
Medium masonry bits or lip & spur (brad point) bits.
Plant Risk Assessment.
Consider obtaining parental
When materials can be clamped down or a
permission.
machine vice is used.

A Plant Risk Assessment is


When drilling holes in timber, metal and required to be completed.
plastics using a hole saw with a pilot bit or a
Principal or Classified Officer
Forstner bit. (i.e. DP, HOD, HOC, HOSES)
High
When materials being machined are not approval prior to conducting this
always securely clamped down or a machine activity is required.
vice used. Obtaining parental permission is
recommended.

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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:

Minimum Standards
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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: plant, machinery and processes, including
the drill press, are substituted or replaced
with less hazardous alternatives.
Entanglement &
Entrapment 2. All necessary engineering controls (or
physical changes) such as mandatory
Could hair, clothing, ties,
guarding around the drill chuck & belt
jewellery or other materials
pulley covers are in place to protect
become entangled with
workers from all moving parts.
moving parts of plant or
materials in motion? 3. Micro switches are fitted that cut off power
when covers or guards are opened.
Striking
Could anyone be struck by 4. The drill press table allows for a machine
moving objects such as the vise (or other clamping device) to be used
workpiece being ejected, or by to position and secure the work piece.
the unexpected or 5. Lock Out or warning Danger tags are
uncontrolled movement of the
affixed to all drill press machinery under
plant or workpiece? repair & maintenance.
Crushing & Pinching 6. Staff & student training is provided to
Could anyone be crushed or minimise exposure to these hazards.
pinched due to falling,
uncontrolled or unexpected 7. Safe operating procedures (SOPs) for all
movement of plant or its load drill press machinery are available &
tipping or rolling over, or clearly displayed.
contact with moving parts 8. Safe Working Zones around all drill press
during testing, inspection or
machines are clearly defined by yellow
maintenance? safety lines (or similar)
Cutting, Stabbing 9. Operators are required to remove all
& Puncturing
jewellery, tuck in loose clothing & tie back
Can anyone be cut, stabbed long hair.
or punctured by coming into
10. All appropriate and approved personal
contact with moving plant or
protective equipment (PPE) is used where
parts, or objects such as
required.
ejected workpiece or waste?

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


Abrasions: Regular checks are made for unsafe wear
& damage. Inspections are made for any
Can anyone using the plant or 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 the drill press.

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Details of how this will
Hazards/Risks Hierarchy of Recommended Yes No be implemented
Control Measures
( and any additional controls )
e.g. Poor housekeeping, dust 3. Staff training is provided to minimise
on floors, slippery or uneven exposure to these hazards.
work surfaces, power cables
across work areas causing
injuries & abrasions?

Environmental: 1. All drill press machinery is regularly


maintained to help minimise the risk of
exposures to these hazards.
Noise
Is it likely that the normal 2. All drill press machinery maintenance is
operation of this plant will documented in a register - (EMRs).
produce excessive noise
3. Exposure to noisy ITD workshop
levels?
environments is monitored & evaluated
Dust, Fumes & regularly for all workers.
Vapours 4. Engineering controls (or physical changes)
Is it likely there will be airborne such as mandatory machinery guarding or
dust particles, toxic fumes or any protective safety screens & enclosures
volatile vapours produced & are in place in all workspaces & all in good
therefore be present in the working condition.
workspace?
5. Staff & student training is provided to
Lighting minimise exposure to these hazards.
Is there insufficient lighting to 6. Good lighting is provided to all workspaces
operate this plant in a safe
& this is maintained on a regular basis.
manner? Is there a possible Fluorescent tubes are checked & replaced
strobe lighting effect caused as required.
by faulty fluorescent tubes in
the workspace? 7. All appropriate and approved personal
protective equipment (PPE) is used where
required.

Electrical: 1. All drill press machines have a wall or


machine mounted isolating switch that
Can the operator be injured by disconnects all motive power.
electrical shock due to
working near or contacting 2. All drill press machines are fitted with a
with damaged or poorly Direct on Line (DOL) Start/Stop switch -
maintained live electrical (Red & Green buttons).
conductors such as power
3. Emergency stop buttons are mounted
outlets, extension leads,
prominently where necessary.
safety switches, starters &
isolators or casual water on 4. Lock Out or warning Danger tags are
the floor near plant & affixed to all drill press machinery under
machinery? repair & maintenance.
5. Electrical safety inspections are completed
regularly as per guidelines for all drill press
machinery.

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Details of how this will
Hazards/Risks Hierarchy of Recommended Yes No be implemented
Control Measures
( and any additional controls )
6. All drill press mechanical & electrical
maintenance is documented in an EMR.

Exposure: 1. All drill press machinery is regularly


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

Is the plant likely to generate 2. All drill press machinery maintenance is


heat by friction? Could the documented in a register - (EMRs).
plant operator accidentally
come into contact with moving 3. Any hazardous waste materials or toxic
materials or machinery dusts & vapours resulting from this drilling
components resulting in and machining process are monitored and
friction burns to the skin, managed.
particularly hands?
4. Staff & student training is provided to
Hazardous minimise exposure to these hazards.
Substances
Is it likely that the plant
5. Safe Working Zones around all drill press
machinery are clearly defined by yellow
operator or others nearby in
safety lines (or similar).
the workspace could be
exposed to hazardous or toxic 6. All appropriate and approved personal
chemicals such as airborne
protective equipment (PPE) is used where
toxic wood dust particulates?
required.

Ergonomics & 1. Drill press machines are regularly adjusted


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

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.

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

volatile, explosive substances 3. Exits from buildings & other work areas are
such as vapours or liquids? defined & access to them kept clear of
obstructions.
Could fire & explosion also
result from a build up of wood 4. Safety signage is posted clearly denoting
dust under the table saw, in the location of all fire safety items and
the dust extraction system or emergence exits.
in confined ceiling spaces?

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:

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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)

Reviewed by: Designation:

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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
Signed: Review Date :

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