Wood Working Machinery - Training Courses

Wood Working Machinery

Recent HSE accident statistics show that accidents involving contact with the dangerous parts of machinery, or the material being machined accounted for approximately one quarter of all of the fatal injuries recorded in the woodworking industry and approximately half of all major injury accidents. Due to the high risks associated with the use of woodworking machinery, adequate and appropriate staff training and refresher training in the use of the machinery is essential. The following courses are a sample of the programmes that we can provide at your location.

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Wood Working Machinery Courses

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Woodworking -  Managing Wood Dust Woodworking - Managing Wood Dust 1 day Show/Hide Course Outline Click for Dates

MANAGING WOOD DUST

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The course is designed for those who work with wood and wood based materials in small workshops, those who manage or supervise such environments and those who carry any responsibility for health and safety in these workplaces.

AIM

This course presents an authoritative and up to date coverage of the practicalities of managing the risks from wood dust in small workshops.

It looks initially at the legal framework to form the basis of compliance and from this develops a set of principles and practical techniques aimed at the reduction of airborne wood dust

Included in these can be extraction and other engineering methodologies which can be applied in a cost effective manner to delegates workplaces to minimise the risks from wood dust particles.

Throughout the day the emphasis is on creating an understanding of the causes of wood dust which will subsequently allow an informed selection of dust minimising techniques

Reducing the hazards at source is a key element of health and safety practice/ policy.The aim of the course is to show cost effective methods of achieving it

CONTENT

  • The hazards of wood dust in small workshops
  • Legal compliance, and requirements to maintain a safe working environment
  • A methodology to systematically analyse existing equipment and produce a dust reduction strategy
  • Optimisation techniques for extraction systems
  • Additional measures to reduce dust creation
  • The cost effective approach to reducing risk from wood dust
Woodworking - Portable Power Tools Woodworking - Portable Power Tools 1 day Show/Hide Course Outline Click for Dates

PORTABLE POWER TOOLS IN WOODWORKING

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

For those who work with wood and wood-based materials using portable power tools both within the workshop and elsewhere in the workplace.Equally, it is for those who manage or supervise such environments and for those who carry any responsibility for health and safety in these workplaces.

AIMS

This seminar aims to create a detailed understanding of the wide-ranging hazards and risks associated with the use of portable power tools in woodworking.From this will be developed a systematic practical approach minimising those risks in an area of woodworking which is often largely ignored from the safety viewpoint. Regulatory compliance, including pending new legislation, will be explained in straightforward terms and, importantly, the latest engineered systems and safety techniques will be amply reviewed. Electrical, pneumatic and cordless types will be covered.

CONTENT

  • Accidents - underlying causes and practical solutions
  • Implications of the Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) for using Portable 
  • Woodworking power tools.
  • Review of the new European Directive on hand-arm and whole-body vibration.
  • Systematic safe working with portable power tools in woodworking.
  • Interactive group work developing techniques and systems.
  • Update on latest engineered safety systems, best practices and risk reduction strategies.

NOTE: Chainsaws and other power tools used in Forestry and Horticulture for primary cutting will not be covered in this course.

Woodworking Machinery Safe Working Practices Woodworking Machinery Safe Working Practices 1 day Show/Hide Course Outline Click for Dates

WOODWORKING MACHINERY SAFE WORKING PRACTICES

CONTENT

  • Health & Safety legislation, in particular the implications of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Approved Code of Practice, and COSHH
  • Details of accident rates and underlying causes
  • Principles of safe working practices and update on guarding systems.
  • Safety awareness on the range of work undertaken, including guard setting, safety procedures and use of jigs where appropriate.
  • Use of safety equipment including push sticks, push blocks etc.
  • Saw blade/cutter geometry and use of different types of blades
  • Dust extraction, PPE and safe working practices in the workshop
  • Implications of COSHH and new Noise Regulations
  • Accident and Injury records(Most dangerous machines and vulnerable people)
  • Legislation: H amp; S at Work act 1974, 6 Pack, PUWER,  Woodworking ACOP and reference to braking, tooling and training, COSHH, noise regulations
  • Workshop hazards, safe working practices, training requirements and maintenance.
  • Responsibilities: how they are delegated
  • Change of emphasis to risk assessment based and safe systems of work
  • General hazards in workshop
  • Hazards on machines

Handouts covering all information will be distributed during the course, and a certificate of attendance will be sent to each delegate on successful completion.

Woodworking Machinery Safety Woodworking Machinery Safety 1 day Show/Hide Course Outline Click for Dates

WOODWORKING MACHINERY SAFETY COURSE

CONTENT

  • Relevant Health & Safety legislation, in particular the implications of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Approved Code of Practice, and COSHH
  • Provide details of accident rates and underlying causes
  • Cover principles of safe working practices and update on guarding systems.
  • Provide safety awareness on the range of work undertaken, including guard setting, safety procedures and use of jigs where appropriate.
  • Use of safety equipment including push sticks, push blocks etc.
  • Saw blade geometry and use of different types of blades
  • Dust extraction, PPE and safe working practices in the workshop
  • Implications of COSHH and new Noise Regulations

The training takes the form of part lecture room and part workshop training at the individual machines.

Handouts covering all information will be distributed during the course, and a certificate of attendance will be sent to each delegate on successful completion.

TRAINING ROOM

  • Accident and injury records (Most dangerous machines and vulnerable people)
  • Legislation: H & S at Work act 1974, 6 Pack, PUWERA, Woodworking ACOP and reference to, braking, tooling and training, COSHH, noise regulations
  • Workshop hazards, safe working practices, training requirements and maintenance.
  • Responsibilities; how they are delegated
  • Change of emphasis to risk assessment based and safe systems of work
  • General hazards in workshop
  • Hazards on machines
  • Safe systems of work

WORKSHOP

Safety Training on Machinery

  • To cover hazard awareness, safe working practices, correct tooling, guarding systems, danger zones and maintenance, braking requirements, dust and extraction requirements for the following machines.
  • Practical session on safety on m/c (including essential elements of safety specification from ACOP)
  • Potential risk of injuries- dangers arising and precautions to take from operating machine.
  • Guarding systems-machine controls on/off switch etc.

Safe Systems of Work

  • Potential risk of injuries
  • Guarding systems
  • Purpose and setting of riving knife,
  • Saw blade geometry and effects on safety
  • Safe method of feeding material
  • Purpose and setting of tables
  • Feeding bowed timber
  • Risk of kickback, and how to avoid it
  • Cutter setting and effects on safety
  • Safe use of machine

Trial Pieces

Delegates to prepare trial pieces to ensure guards can be set correctly and feeding is undertaking with due reference to techniques learned on the day.

Staff will be assessed to ensure their understanding of the days instruction through a short written test and practical work.

This is essential if certificates of attendance are to be issued.