Mortising and tenoning machines: checklist

Mortising and tenoning machines are used in the cutting process to cut a square or rectangular hole and a corresponding tongue to form part of a joint between two timber pieces. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of these machines and to ensure a safer workplace environment.

Mortising and tenoning machines are used in the cutting process to cut a square or rectangular hole and a corresponding tongue to form part of a joint between two timber pieces. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of these machines and to ensure a safer workplace environment.

Businesses should fill out this checklist to ensure the mortising and tenoning machines are in proper working condition and have the necessary safe guards before workers operate these machines.

Checklist: Machine and operating environment
Machine identity/details: Inspection date:
Compiled by: (Employer signature)
Audit criteria: Yes No
Machine
Stability:

Is the machine stable and unlikely to move during operation?

Are wood pieces securely clamped before machining begins?

   
Cutter bar and head(s): Is a fixed guard provided and fitted to prevent access, especially to the chain or chisel?    
Cutters: Are the cutters sharp and clean?    
Operating controls:

Are the operating controls easily accessible to the operator?

Do the operating controls prevent accidental start-up?

Are the control functions clearly marked?

   
Emergency stop: 

Is there an emergency stop of the mushroom-headed type (or equivalent)?

Is the emergency stop easily accessible and labelled?

Are the stop/start buttons, emergency stop buttons, and safety bars all operating effectively?

   
Moving parts: 

Are the transmission drive and other moving parts totally enclosed or guarded?

   
Equipment isolation: 

Are there systems in place to isolate the machine?

   
Operating environment
Work space:  Is there a clear work space around the machine?    
Lighting: 

Is the general and task lighting adequate?

Is lighting protected against flying objects?

   
Airborne contaminants: 

Is dust extraction fitted correctly and maintained?

Is the dust extraction system turned on during work hours?

   
Noise:  Has use of sound absorbing material been considered to reduce noise levels?    
Housekeeping:  Is the floor area regularly cleaned, and all off-cuts and other debris removed?    
Safe, firm, foothold:  Does the floor surface around the machine provide a safe, firm foothold?    
Supervision
Training: 

Are all operators of this machine trained and experienced, and also instructed and

supervised by a competent person when undergoing training?

   
PPE:
Example of PPE

Has the correct type of PPE been provided to workers and being worn?

   

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