Wood turning lathe: hazard identification

Hazard identification and risk management strategy for a wood turning lathe.

The following table is a risk management strategy for a wood turning lathe.

Risk management identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

Risk management strategy

Hazard identification

Risk factors

Risk control  measures

1

Entanglement (wrapping around lathe)

  • Exposed section of turning piece and chuck
  • Premature start-up of the lathe
  • Has a hinged cover over the headstock and chuck
  • Training for operators on the correct clothing to wear and the use of the cutting tool
  • Lock out/tag out (LOTO) protocol implemented and maintained

2

Object being thrown by the cutter

  • Timber piece is thrown from the machine during operation
  • Tool is thrown during operation
  • Ensure work piece is firmly clamped throughout the operation (turn the machine off and adjust if necessary)
  • Use only sharp, serviceable cutting tools
  • Use a guard between the operator and the work piece where possible
  • Safety glasses worn by the operator

3.

Slips, trips and falls

  • Product off-cuts obstruct work area
  • Sawdust
  • Slippery and uneven floor surface
  • Maintain a clear work space in and around the lathe
  • Provide non-slip floor surfaces that give a firm foothold

4.

Airborne contaminants (eg dust and vapours)

  • High speed sanding action
  • Poorly maintained ventilation/extraction system
  • Provide and maintain local exhaust ventilation
  • Wear protective personal equipment (PPE) such as face masks
  • Vacuum dust and sawdust regularly
  • Note: do not use compressed air to remove dust from skin or clothing

5.

Noise from machinery operation and production processes

  • Various machines in the area operating simultaneously
  • Hearing protectors used by operator and all people accessing the workshop
  • Warning signs erected in workshop

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