Large Disc Sander

  • Large Disc Sander
  • Workshop Category: W4
  • Workshop Risk Category: Red Label

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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 (been inducted and sign off by workshop manager) can use the large disc
    sander.
  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. Hearing protection should be worn.
  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. The dust collector must be connected to the unit and gate open. 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.
  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 make adjustments while the sander is on.
  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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