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Woodworking operations can be hazardous, particularly when machines are used improperly or without proper safeguards. Woodworking hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry.

OSHA Standards

This section highlights OSHA standards related to woodworking.

Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.

General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

Frequently Cited Standards

OSHA maintains a listing of the most frequently cited standards for specified 2-6-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. Please refer to OSHA's Frequently Cited OSHA Standards page for additional information. For Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing use NAICS code 3212, for Prefabricated Wood Building Manufacturing use NAICS code 321992, and for Manufactured Home (Mobile Home) Manufacturing use NAICS code 321991 in the NAICS search box.

Hazards and Solutions

Workers operating woodworking equipment suffer the following common injuries:

  • laceration

  • amputation

  • severed fingers

  • blindness

Health hazards for woodworking include wood dust and chemicals used for finishing products, which may cause skin and respiratory diseases.

Additional Information

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