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Introduction to this document

Safety briefing - using cut-off saws

This briefing addresses the key risks and control measures associated with using cut-off saws.

What’s covered?

The aim of this Safety Briefing - Using Cut-Off Saws is to ensure that all staff are fully aware of the potential risks, what can happen if these aren’t properly managed and what can be done to prevent the inhalation of harmful stone dusts.

Hazards and risks

The briefing identifies the hazards and risks including exposure to hazardous stone dust which can cause respiratory problems and long-term ill-health conditions.


Control measures include using water to suppress dust, providing staff with correct training and issuing them with personal protective equipment.

Key points

Attendees must take note of the following key points:

  • The cut-off saw has fixed equipment to produce a water supply to the cutting disc or liberal quantities of water applied during cutting.
  • All users should wear the appropriate type of respiratory protection.
  • The cut-off saw should be regularly maintained and the cutting discs replaced when worn.