Please read the Risk Assessment Below
|Date of Assessment||01/10/21||Version||1.0|
|Activity||Routing wood on the router table|
|Details of activity|
|Induction / Role Required||Member induction|
|Form completed by||Chris 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
|LOW||Ensure current control measures are in place and continue with activity|
|MED||Control measures may be adequate, co-supervision is recommended|
|HIGH||Do not undertake activity without further consultation with area specialists|
|Identify Hazards||Who may be harmed and how||Severity||Control Measures||Likelihood||Risk Rating|
|Something with the potential to cause harm||Users, bystanders or particular at risk groups||Low / Medium / High||What is in place to reduce the harm or likelihood.||Low / Medium / High|
|Incompetent user||User, Bystander||HIGH||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 Bit||User – 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 harm||HIGH||User 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/irritation||LOW||The 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 tool||LOW||LOW|
|Router bit snatching or jamming||User, bystanders – serious harm||HIGH||Only 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|
|Noise||User of the tool, users of the room.||MED||Ear protection is advised.||LOW||LOW|
|Flying splinters||User of the tool, users of the room. – Eye injury||MED||Eye protection must be worn in the room||LOW||LOW|