Woodworking is inherently a hazardous activity. The correct attitude towards your personal safety and that of others, as well as the care of tools and machinery, is imperative.
The Guild policy on Health and Safety is directly linked to the system of Accreditation for safe use of workshop equipment. All members should read and observe the Shed Rules and General Machine Safety notes prior to using equipment at the Guild
You do not need to be accredited to use the majority of the shed machinery but you must be supervised by a member who is accredited on that machine. Once you are accredited on that machine, you can use it unsupervised.
The two levels of accreditation
Focus on safety
- This is to ensure that you, the user, understand the risks associated with machine use and the measures to ensure that you operate the machine knowing what not to do as well as what to do. We will also ensure that you are able to keep the machine clean and tidy after each use, ready for the next person.
Focus on expert use
- This is done in specific workshops or courses. Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have training sessions related to equipment specifically used by SIG members. Timber mill use falls under the responsibility of the Timber Team, whose members develop knowledge and confidence through supervised usage, and is subject to a specific guild policy.
Accreditation on the machines listed below involves completing an online test and a practical session. Use of other machines at the shed is through supervision, experience and wider leaning opportunities.
It is highly recommended that you gain some exposure to the machines – through supervised use of the machines at the shed and personal research – prior to seeking accreditation. There is no need to do all the online tests at once. It is preferable that you have a project in mind which use the machines soon after attaining accreditation on them.
While Accreditation means members can operate Guild equipment unsupervised, members (whether new to woodwork or whose use of the Guild’s equipment is infrequent) are expected to ask for assistance of more experienced Guild operators until confident of independent use.
Our Accreditation Officer, who coordinates the accreditation workshops on the equipment most in demand by members, is Carol Croxford.