• Large: Minimax DG60  Small: Axminster SS-12VS
  • Timber, Manufactured Board, Plastic and Styrofoam
  • Sanding
  • Workshop Category: W3
  • Workshop Risk Category: Orange: Medium Risk

The disc sanders are for surface or edge sanding of non-metallic materials only. The safety concepts presented are the same for any size machine.

Start with a Risk Assessment to ensure a safe work area:

  1. Only trained operators (completed online Induction and sign off by workshop manager) can use either disc
  2. The area around the disc sander must be kept clear of people, debris and sawdust
  3. Safety glasses or a face shield must be worn. Wear a P3 mask if sanding for extended periods of time (over 30minutes)
  4. Remove loose fitting clothing, jewellery, and tie back long hair.
  5. Familiarise yourself with the off and on button.
  6. A sanding disc will cut material very quickly, failure to anticipate this may cause injury to the finger and hands
  7. Turn on LEV and open the blast gate. The air flow must not be less than 1500 Pa
  8. Check the integrity of the disc. Any ripped discs must be reported to the workshop manager
  9. Do not wear gloves while operating the sander

Operational Safety Rules:

  1. Approach your work in the workshop and on the Disc Sander with a safe attitude.
  2. Ensure that the gap between the sander table and the moving disc is kept as small as possible but does not restricted the disc turning
  3. The distance between your fingertips and the moving disc or belt shall be no closer than 8cm.
  4. Do not sand pieces of material that are too small to be safely supported
  5. Always hold the work firmly when sanding
  6. Use the fence, table or other supports when sanding
  7. Always hold the work firmly on the downward rotation side of the table
  8. Avoid awkward hand positions where a sudden slip could cause a hand to move into the sanding disc
  9. Do not sand with the work piece unsupported. Support the work piece with the backstop or table
  10. Always remove scrap pieces and other objects from the table before turning the machine on
  11. Allow the machine to reach full speed before feeding material. Similarly, it takes time for the disc or belt to stop moving. Small Disc Sander: Use the break after switching off the machine to bring the disc to a stop
  12. Do not push hard on the sanding media. The sander performs best and safest when it is allowed to remove material at the rate for which it was designed
  13. Sanding wood or plastic will cause heat build-up due to friction and may cause the wood to burn and the plastic to melt rapidly
  14. Never adjust the table angle while the sander is running
  15. Always turn the machine off and disconnect the power cord before installing or removing discs or when making repairs
  16. Never leave the machine work area when the machine is running or before the machine has come to a complete stop
  17. Before leaving the area shut off power, put the guard down, clean the sander and work area


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