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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.

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

WOODWORKING MACHINERY COURSES

Woodworking Machinery Safety - The course provides training on 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. It covers 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 geometry and use of different types of blades Dust extraction, PPE and safe working practices in the workshop. The training takes the form of part training room and part workshop training at the individual machines.

Training Room Section - Covers Accident and Injury records, Legislation, COSHH and noise regulations, workshop and machine hazards, safe working practices, training requirements and maintenance. Responsibilities and how they are delegated, the change of emphasis to risk assessment based and safe systems of work.

Workshop Section - Covers Safety Training on Machinery, Safe Systems of Work and Trial Pieces. (In regard to the Trial Pieces element of the course, delegates are to prepare trial pieces to ensure guards can be set correctly and feeding is undertaken 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.

OTHER WOOD WORKING COURSES

Woodworking Machinery Safe Working Practises  - This course provides training on Health & Safety legislation, in particular the implications of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and Approved Code of Practice, and COSHH. It covers 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.

Woodworking - Portable Power Tools - 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. 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.

Woodworking - Managing Wood Dust - 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. It presents an authoritative and up to date coverage of the practicalities of managing the risks from wood dust in small workshops. Looking initially at the legal framework to form the basis of compliance and from this, it 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.