Health and Safety in the Furniture Making Industry

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Owners cannot ignore health and safety in furniture manufacturing industry. After determining the form of the furniture, designers submit the design to the management. They also specify the type of the material and the production process. After that furniture makers start their job. Here it is important for management to arrange adequate training, safety equipment and quality supervision for their laborers.  It will help them to minimize the negative impact of the associated technologies and materials that can potentially damage the several body parts of the workers including lungs, eyes, and ears.

Major health hazards can be occurred due to:

  1. Wood dust exposure
  2. Noise and vibration
  3. Toxic chemicals
  4. Ungraded machinery
  5. Poor waste management
  6. Fire and other explosions
  7. Non-ergonomic handling

Safety Measures for Using Table Saw

After a recent study, The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that around 50% of overall woodworking industry accidents in the UK occurred due to table saw accidents. On the other hand, 35% of all accident accounts for both circular and table saws. Here are some quick tips for using Table saw safely:

  1. Always use blade guards with the saw
  2. During crosscutting and ripping, it is always suggested to use a support of adequate workpiece
  3. Correct positioning of hand is also important
  4. Adjust the push stick according to your convenience
  5. It is always suggested to use jigs where appropriate
  6. Workers can also use demountable power feed whenever it is feasible
  7. Workers are also suggested to use vertical spindle molder (shaper) for stopped grooving

If a labor work with an assistant while using a table saw then it is always suggested to maintain a distance of around 1.2 meters between the end of the table (or the assistant) and the edge of the saw blade.

Owners can also consider buying specially designed SawStop table saw that has the ability to stop a spinning blade within 5 milliseconds when it comes to the contact of the skin.

Safety from Noise

Woodworking industry can be referred to some of the noisiest working environments among all. Exposing to a high level of noise even for a short period of time can cause temporary hearing loss. But in the wood working industry, laborers have to work in a noisy environment for a long period of time which can even cause permanent hearing loss.

Safety from Wood Dust

In furniture industry, workers generally have to breathe in wood particle infested air. As a result, they can experience both allergic and non-allergic respiratory symptoms. In extreme cases, it can also lead to cancer. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of United States has already provided guidelines on controlling wood particle (dust) generated by the following machines:

  1. Belt sanders (Horizontal)
  2. Hand sanders (Orbital)
  3. Disc sanders (Large diameter)
  4. Table saws
  5. Sharpers
  6. Automated routers

So this is how owners can enhance health and safety measures in furniture making an industry. Hope the post was helpful and you have enjoyed reading it.

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