A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

7.2   Working with Wood

Some hardwoods produce dust, which may be a respiratory hazard, particularly when it is created by machines. There is a risk of dermatitis, other adverse reactions and injury from splinters. Dust extraction units should be provided for machines such as disc and belt sanders. Cutting, shaping and piercing wood by both hand and machine methods should be done only when mechanical devices securely hold the material. The use of woodworking machines is strictly regulated and teachers must be properly qualified. For detailed advice, reference should be made to the Health and Safety Executive's free booklets on woodworking: www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/woodindx.htm, and the National Association of Advisers and Inspectors in Design and Technology's publications www.naaidt.org.uk/, and BS 4163 Code of Practice (1984) Health and Safety in Workshops Schools and Similar Establishments.