Timber and wood

The timber and woodworking industry has one of the highest accident rates in manufacturing (most are caused by contact with moving machinery) and is an industry we are working with to reduce injury and illness.

The industry includes kitchen manufacturers and timber joineries, as well as wall frame and roof truss manufacturers.

We have identified work health and safety priorities in consultation with our industry partners.

If you are working in the forestry industry, Safe Work Australia has guidance material to help you mange the risks.

Kitchen manufacture and joinery

Businesses involved in the manufacture of kitchens, windows, interior and exterior doors and stairs as well as cabinet makers and producers of fine joinery now have a range of resources and financial incentives to improve safety.

Building and installing kitchens and joinery products safely prevents injuries and improves business productivity and profitability.

Wall frame and truss manufacture

Businesses involved in the manufacture of wall frames and trusses now have a range of resources and financial incentives to improve safety.

Building wall frames and trusses safely prevents injuries and improves business productivity and profitability.

Safety kits and resources for the timber and wood industry

Special kits have been prepared specifically for businesses in the wood industry to assist in developing solutions to help manage hazards and improve safety.

The wood safety kit includes:

  • a wood safety guide for kitchen manufacturing and joinery, and for frame and truss manufacturing
  • an inspector checklist for kitchen manufacturing and joinery, and frame and truss manufacturing
  • fact sheets
  • hazard identification sheets with safety checklists
  • videos demonstrating good safety practices.

Email us or call 13 10 50 for a copy of the kit.

Further information

The NSW Environment Protection Authority have a range of treated timber resources, including a video, e-Learning materials and downloadable charts.

Return to work

If you are an employer or business owner, you must help injured workers return to work as soon as possible. Research has shown that an early and safe return to work is good for a worker's recovery and wellbeing.

We have a number of programs to help designed to help get people back to work as soon as it is safe to do so. These include:

Small business rebates

We also have a number of small industry rebates to help small businesses make their workplaces safer.