Thicknessing and surface planer machines: checklist

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

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

A thicknessing or planing machine is used to finish a piece of wood to the desired thickness, on one or both sides of the wood. This checklist provides information to assist all workers in the safe operation of these machines, and to ensure a safer workplace environment.

  • Thicknessing machine
  • Surface planer

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?

Are wood pieces securely clamped before machining begins?

   

Cutters and guarding:

Are the cutter heads enclosed or guarded?

Is an anti-kickback device fitted and working correctly?

Are the cutters sharp and clean?

Are push sticks or blocks used to move the timber through the machine?

   

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 for the machine to be isolated?

   

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, on during routing, and regularly maintained?

Is the dust extraction system turned on during work hours?

   

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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