- Safety and Health Topics
Hazards and Solutions
Workers operating woodworking equipment suffer the following common injuries:
- severed fingers
Health hazards for woodworking include wood dust and chemicals used for finishing products, which may cause skin and respiratory diseases.
- The following OSHA video clips and images from OSHA inspections display some of the machinery and related hazards associated with woodworking operations:
- Guide for Protecting Workers from Woodworking Hazards (PDF). OSHA Publication 3157, (1999).
- Personal Protective Equipment. OSHA Publication 3151, (2004). Discusses the types of equipment most commonly used to protect the head, torso, arms, hands, and feet. Additional topics include requirements, hazard assessment, selection, and employee training.
- Hand and Power Tools (PDF). OSHA Publication 3080, (Revised 2002). Presents to employees and employers a summary of the basic safety procedures and safeguards associated with hand and portable power tools.
- Wood Products: Woodworking. OSHA eTool. Provides information on topics such as assembly, production, and shipping.
- Hazards Communication Guidelines for Compliance (PDF). OSHA Publication 3111, (2000). Provides a general guide for employers that do not produce or import chemicals to help them determine what the HCS requires.
- Materials Handling and Storing (PDF). OSHA Publication 2236. Helps employers know and understand the potential hazards associated with the task at hand and how to control their workplaces to minimize the danger.