Personnel performing duties in carpentry and lumber handling are potentially exposed to a wide variety of hazards in many different environments and locations. Potential hazards include exposures to flammable and combustible adhesives, dusts, hazardous noise, eye hazards, working at heights above ground level, lifting hazards, electric and pneumatic power tools, and working with unfinished material which could expose them to splinters. Many tasks are performed in areas of high pedestrian traffic; therefore, an additional hazard of possible distraction from the job task arises. Potential physical and health hazards can be effectively controlled by proper work procedures and controls, and by using required personal protective equipment.


Personal protective equipment worn while operating machinery, equipment, and saws within the shop and on job sites normally consists of eye protection, safety-toe shoes, and hearing protection. Other safety related personal protective equipment is dust masks where workers are exposed to dust at the point of operation. The Safety and Health Manager shall be consulted to determine the need for dust masks.

Hard hats are required on job sites where the potential exists from being struck by falling object(s), e.g., roofing and construction.

Workers shall not leave a woodworking machine running unattended nor shall they attempt to clear, clean, or repair the machine while it is operating.

When maintenance is necessary, the machine shall be completely shut down, its control switches locked and tagged in the “OFF” position.

Supervisors shall ensure that periodic inspections are accomplished on all shop equipment.

Chips or dust shall never be removed from machinery by hand. Machine guards shall not be removed or made inoperative except for authorized maintenance. When guards are removed during machine repair, power control switches shall be locked in the “OFF” position and properly tagged. The machine shall remain locked until the guards are replaced.