Woodworking Machinery Safety


Who should attend?

All those who use woodworking machinery.

Course aim

To provide candidates with an overview of Health & Safety legislation and how it applies to Woodworking Machinery.

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.


  • Accident and injury records (Most dangerous machines and vulnerable people)
  • Legislation: H & 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
  • Safe systems of work


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.

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