Wood Lathe

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

Date of Assessment01/10/2021Version1.0
ActivityWood Turning
EquipmentWood Lathe
Details of activity 
Induction / Role RequiredNone
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      
EntanglementUserHIGH      User must not wear gloves User must remove all jewellery. User must tie back hair User must not wear flowing clothes User must not touch the workpiece whilst the lathe is switched on.         Medium       Medium
Ejection of workpieceUser, BystanderHIGH    User will test the workpiece is in the jaws or on drive centre securely. User will ensure that the centre of the workpiece is accurately marked and used to attach the workpiece. User will test the integrity and suitability of the workpiece for turning before use.Low       Medium
Dust (inhalation)User of the tool, users of the room, the space.LOWThe lathe should be used with the dust extractor attached and working.   Maintenance must include the cleaning of dust from within the lathe housing   A respirator or mask should be used whilst operating this tool for prolonged periodsLow Low
NoiseUser of the tool, users of the room.LOWEar protection is advised.LOWLOW
Flying wood chipsUser of the tool, users of the room.LOWEye protection must be worn whilst using the wood lathe   Eye protection must be worn by all users of the workshop.LOWLOW