Table Saw

Please refer to the manual for this tool, and read the Risk Assessment Below

Date of Assessment01/10/21Version1.0
ActivityCutting wood or plastic on the table saw
EquipmentTable Saw
Details of activity 
Induction / Role RequiredWorkshop 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 should 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 bladeUserHIGH          Do not remove guard under any circumstances.   Ensure the riving knife is in place before use   Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 30cm of blade).   Use push sticks and the fence provided when making cuts.   Do not move hands past the blade.  Do not lean over the blade.  Saw should be switched off immediately after use.  Saw blade should stop within 10 seconds of being turned off.    LOW      MED
Drawing in (being pulled into the saw)User of the toolHIGH      User of the saw should not wear gloves, ties, scarves, or other long flowy clothing that could get pulled into the blade.   Do not put hands into exclusion zone (within 30cm of blade).   Do not lean over blade    LOW    MED    
Ejection of workpiece (Kickback)User of the tool, users of the room, the space.HIGH    Do not stand directly behind blade.  Use a feather board when working with smaller pieces.  Take care to keep the workpiece against the fence when making mitre cuts   Ensure riving knife is in place    LOWMED      
Dust (inhalation, fire, explosion)User of the tool, users of the room, the space.LOWThe saw should be used with the dust extractor attached and working.   Maintenance must include the cleaning of dust from within the saw housing.   A respirator or mask should be used whilst operating this tool for prolonged periodsLOW      LOW
Blade snatching or jammingUser, bystandersMED      Only cut wood and plastic on the table saw   Ensure a visual inspection of the table saw is undertaken before every use to check for physical obstructions    LOW        LOW
NoiseUser of the tool, users of the room.LOWEar protection is advised.LOWLOW
Flying splintersUser of the tool, users of the room.LOWEye protection must be worn whilst using the table saw   Eye protection must be worn by all users of the workshop.   Do not cut small piecesLOWLOW