Who should be trained?
New starters and novice users most commonly have the greatest training needs, but experienced operators will also require refresher training. All staff involved with the machine operation (as listed below) should receive training at least every three to five years;
- Machine operators
- Anyone who sets, cleans and maintains the machines
- People who assist in the machining process (loading, feeding, taking off workpieces)
What are the legal requirements for training?
Operator wood machine training is essential. The law requires that all workers must receive adequate training. It also makes good business sense to make sure all employees are working efficiently and safely.
Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1) Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.
Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (2) Every employer shall ensure that any of his employees who supervises or manages the use of work equipment has received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.
What about refresher training?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that trained and experienced wood machine operators receive refresher training at least every three to five years. Refresher training is important;
- For operators who occasionally stand in
- For an operator returning to a machine having not used it for a while
- After an accident or near miss to show the incident can be avoided in the future
- After any change in legislation or new guidance
- When the system of work changes or the machining process changes
- When new control gear has been fitted
- When new machines or equipment has been brought in
How long does training take?
The training needs of learners will need to be assessed individually taking into account their age and experience. Our experienced trainers adapt the courses accordingly to suit both the operators and the type of work being carried out. Contact us to discuss your needs and we would be happy to make a recommendation.
Each machine type is covered by an individual training unit. The aim of each operator training course unit is to inform, access and certify the learner in Safe Setting and Operator Training on each woodworking machine in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Each course will cover the following areas;
- Identification and function of key machine controls/features
- Correct selection, setting and use of safety devices/guards/jigs
- Correct selection, setting and use of machine
- Correct selection, setting and use of tooling (as required)
- Safe use of machines
- Safe working practices, risk reduction and identifying/preventing hazards
- Planned preventative maintenance
- Full practical assessment of above
- Regulations that apply to the machines and general/legal requirements
Each learner receives a short assessment at the end of each unit. Successful candidates are issued with a certificate detailing the machine units they have completed.
The majority of our training course units include the provision of a training book with detailed information, illustrations and important safety information specific to that machine type. These books are left with each operator for future reference.