British Woodworking Federation

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) is urging companies to ensure all necessary health and safety precautions are in place in the wake of a number of ‘surprise’ HSE inspections of the sector.

As part of its inspections of the joinery sector, the HSE will be looking at the following:

  • Appropriate guarding on machinery
  • What personal protective equipment is available
  • Whether Local Exhaust Ventilation is being regularly tested
  • Whether full risk assessments are being completed.

Failure to meet these requirements could result in hefty fines.

To prepare businesses for a potential visit from the HSE, the BWF has produced a guide to help understand the essentials. The guide acts as a checklist and offers advice on health and safety policies, risk assessments, formal health and safety training and also how to report health and safety incidents or issues. Maintenance of woodworking machinery and dust extraction procedures are also covered.

Check out the guide so you’re prepared for any upcoming inspections.