OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 25 Tools, Equipment and Machinery

Section 378 Band saw blades

The most common cause of band saw injuries is an operator’s hands coming into contact with the blade, such as when hand-feeding stock.

Band saw blades (other than a shake band saw blade) with a crack that exceeds the limits specified in Table 2 of Schedule 8 of the OHS Code (shown as Table 25.2) must be removed from service and either replaced or repaired.

Table 25.2 Band saw blade crack limits (appears as Table 2 of Schedule 8 of the OHS Code)

Width of Band Saw Blade
(millimetres)

Maximum Length of Crack
(millimetres)

up to 125

1/10 of saw blade

126 to 300

13

> 300

19

To reduce the risk of injury it is good practice to inspect the band saw prior to each use. Cracked or broken blades should be removed immediately.

Any band saw blade (other than a shake band saw blade) with a crack not exceeding the limits outlined above must be removed from service until the crack is repaired or the crack is prevented from getting longer by centre punching or some other means. After repairs are made to a band saw blade, it must be retensioned by a person who has been specifically trained to do this.

Shake band saws are generally smaller than other band saws. Shake band saw blades with any size crack must not be used.