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


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


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


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


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


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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