Router Table

Please read the Risk Assessment Below

Date of Assessment01/10/21Version1.0
ActivityRouting wood on the router table
EquipmentRouter Table
Details of activity 
Induction / Role RequiredMember induction
Form completed byChris Nash 
  • This risk assessment is intended to provide guidance on the risk associated with the above equipment and activities in normal use.
  • Please also check general risk assessments for the area within which this equipment or activity is based.
  • Any discrepancies, errors or concerns should be raised with the document authors, area specialists (e.g. admins, superusers) or trustees.

Understanding Risk Rating

Risk RatingAction
LOWEnsure current control measures are in place and continue with activity
MEDControl measures may be adequate, co-supervision is recommended
HIGHDo not undertake activity without further consultation with area specialists

Risk Assessment

Identify HazardsWho may be harmed and howSeverityControl MeasuresLikelihoodRisk Rating
Something with the potential to cause harmUsers, bystanders or particular at risk groupsLow / Medium / HighWhat is in place to reduce the harm or likelihood.Low / Medium / High
Incompetent userUser, BystanderHIGH      Users must not use tools that they are not competent to use.   Members must challenge use that they believe is dangerous. Users must read the user manual where applicable.  Users must read the risk assessment before using a tool.  Users will be advised during induction which tools they will need supervision or an induction to use.LOW        MED        
Contact With Router BitUser – serious harm  HIGH    Use the fence provided.   Only make adjustments to the router table when the machine is switched off.   Make sure to follow the correct direction of the work piece against the router bit.   Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 10cm of router).   Do not leave router table running when not in use.  Switch router table off immediately after use.  Router should stop within 10 seconds of being turned off.  LOW      MED
Drawing in (being pulled into the saw)User of the tool – serious harmHIGHUser of the router table should not wear gloves, ties, scarves, or other long flowy clothing that could get pulled into the router bit. Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 10cm of router bit).  LOW     MED
Dust (inhalation, fire, explosion)User of the tool, users of the room, the space – breathing difficulties/irritationLOWThe router table should be used with the dust extractor attached and working.   Maintenance must include the cleaning of dust from within the router housing.   A respirator or mask should be used whilst operating this toolLOW    LOW
Router bit snatching or jammingUser, bystanders – serious harmHIGHOnly route wood on the router table     Ensure a visual inspection of the router table is undertaken before every use to check for physical obstruction.    LOW        MED      
Ejection of workpiece (Kickback)User of the tool, users of the room, the space. – serious harm    HIGH    Do not stand in the path of moving material.  Ensure there is good pressure of the workpiece against the fence   Avoid routing pieces that are difficult to move/hold  LOW    MED
NoiseUser of the tool, users of the room.MED      Ear protection is advised.LOW              LOW
Flying splintersUser of the tool, users of the room. – Eye injuryMED  Eye protection must be worn in the roomLOWLOW