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.  Dust from working wood by hand is fairly limited, but when using machines for cutting, shaping and sanding, good levels of ventilation or dust extraction may be required.See CLEAPSS guidance below.

CLEAPSS guidance - MRAT - 071 - Dust from wood working

CLEAPSS guidance - MRAT - 073 - Hand saws for wood

CLEAPSS guidance - MRAT - 079 - Portable powered wood saws

CLEAPSS guidance - MRAT - 084 - Bandsaw

NB. 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. Please also see - The Design and Technology Association guidance for teachers on Health and Safety, and  workshop safety training standards  BS 4163 Code of Practice (2014) Health and Safety in Workshops Schools and Similar Establishments.

Teachers who wish to use workshops and/or powered equipment to teach art & design or D&T, will need to complete the necessary training. These courses are provided by CLEAPSS and also by the D&T Association.