Machine safety

WMIA is working with industry experts around the globe to develop woodworking machinery safety standards. This recent Dept. of Labor blog post stresses just how critical it is to ensure compliance with safety measures and guidelines. The woodworking machinery standards currently under development (e.g., bandsaws, Horizontal beam panel circular sawing machines, Vertical panel circular sawing machines, Dimension saws, Building site/contractor saws) will put forward state-of-the-art safety features. Please look to our website for updates on when the new ISO standards will be available for purchase.

In a recent U.S. Dept. of Labor blog post, Jordan Barab, deputy assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, emphasized the importance of three legally mandated tips for machine safety. Following  these three simple safety steps can make for a much safer workplace:

  • Turn off and lock out power sources: Ensure that machines are de-energized whenever they’re being serviced.
  • Prevent contact: Install machine guards or use other engineering means to prevent hands and other body parts from contacting dangerous parts during operation.
  • Train workers: Ensure that workers are trained in the safe use and maintenance of potentially hazardous equipment, and ensure that those safe practices are followed every day.

To raise awareness and encourage compliance with federal safety rules, OSHA created a national emphasis program on amputations in August 2015. This designation directs all OSHA offices to prioritize compliance assistance outreach as well as inspections in industries known for presenting amputation hazards.

Citation: U.S. Dept of Labor Blog (2017, Jan 13). New Data: 7+ US Worker Amputations Every Day[Blog post]. Retrieved from