Routers: checklist

This checklist is to ensure routers are in proper working condition and have the necessary safe guards before workers operate these machines.Routers are designed to machine complex or intricate shapes into a piece of wood. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of these machines, and to ensure a safe workplace environment

This checklist is to ensure routers are in proper working condition and have the necessary safe guards before workers operate these machines.

Routers are designed to machine complex or intricate shapes into a piece of wood. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of these machines, and to ensure a safe workplace environment.

  • Routers
  • CNC routers
  • Spindle moulders

Machine and operating environment: checklist

Machine identity/details:

Inspection  date:

Compiled  by: (Employer signature)

Audit criteria

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Machine

Stability:

Is the machine stable and unlikely to move during operation?

   

Cutters and guarding:

Are the cutters sharp and maintained?

Are the cutter heads enclosed or guarded?

Is a work piece jig used to securely hold and guide the timber past the cutter and keep the worker’s hands well clear?

Is there a perimeter fence and/or presence-sensing guarding to prevent bodily access to the router?

   

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?

   

Moving parts:

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

   

Equipment isolation:

Are there systems in place for the machine to be isolated?

   

Operating environment

Work space:

Is there a clear work space around the machine?

   

Airborne contaminants:

Is dust extraction fitted correctly, on during routing, and regularly maintained?

   

Lighting:

Is the general and task lighting adequate?

Is lighting protected against flying objects?

   

Noise:

Has the 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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