Stationary machines

    • Wear appropriate safety gear: safety glasses or a face shield, and hearing protectors or ear plugs. lf there is no dust collection system, wear a dust mask. For exotic woods like ebony, use a respirator; the sawdust may cause an allergic reaction. Wear work gloves when handling rough lumber.
    • Make sure that workshop lighting and ventilation are adequate and that work surfaces are large and sturdy.
    • Read your owner’s manual before operating any machine.
    • Keep children, onlookers and pets away from the work area.
    • Unplug a machine before performing set up or installation operations.
    • Keep blades and cutter-head knives sharp.
    • Turn the machine off if it produces an unfamiliar vibration or noise; have the machine serviced before resuming operations.
    • Do not use a machine if any part of it is worn or damaged.
    • Roll up long sleeves and remove rings and other jewelry that can catch in moving parts.
    • Keep your hands well away from a turning blade or cutter-head
    • Find a comfortable stance; avoid over-reaching.
    • Concentrate on the job; do not rush. Never work when you are tired, stressed or have been drinking alcohol or using medications that induce drowsiness.
    • Keep your work area clean and tidy; clutter can lead to accidents, and sawdust and wood scraps can be a fire hazard.

Chain saws

  • Wear safety goggles, hearing protection, work boots and a hard hat. Make sure your clothes are close-fitting and long hair is tied back.
  • Operate a chain saw only outdoors on a dry, clear day.
  • Mix fuel and add it to the fuel tank at least 10 feet away from your work area.
  • To start up the saw, carry it to the work area and set in on the ground; make sure the chain is not contacting anything. Brace the tool with your foot and one hand, and use your other hand to Pull the starter cord.
  • While operating the saw, hold it firmly with both hands.