Thorough guidance to assist businesses with all aspects of woodworking Health & Safety has been launched by the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).
The Guide draws together and extends the BWF’s RoSPA award-winning Health & Safety offering, helping to provide the spine of a Health and Safety Plan for anyone working in the woodworking sector. In covers everything from occupational health challenges such as controlling hazardous substances, workshop noise levels and choosing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to dealing with dust and safe use of woodworking machinery together with on-site and off-site safety factors such as working at height, first aid provision and the CDM Regs.
The guide will help ensure that BWF member joinery businesses can keep their employees healthy and avoid costly action from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for non-compliance.
BWF Chief Executive Iain McIlwee commented on the new publication:
“The new guidance supports our strategy to drive the industry to become more healthy, safe, sustainable and productive. Our aim is to reduce accidents within our membership to zero, how could we target anything less? The human cost of injury is always too high, and our first duty must be to ensure that all of our colleagues go home safely.
“As well as the human cost, the last two years we’ve seen eye-watering fines for the businesses that have got Health & Safety wrong. Strict new sentencing guidelines and an occupation ill-health clampdown from HSE mean that neglectful joinery companies now risk being put out of business.
This Guide exemplifies how a community based organisation such as the BWF works. Our team have benefitted from insightful input from the practitioners in our Health and Safety Working Group who have set aside competitive differences, shared their years of experience and to ensure our guide is pracital and focussed. This is not an area where anybody can or should have to learn from their own mistakes
“The Guide works also to support the BWF Code of Conduct, our Health & Safety support means that customers working with BWF members should be able to rely on them to work safely and responsibly on site and in their workshops.”
BWF produces a wide range of publications to support members and the joinery industry. On the BWF website, members can find a wealth of information, including the popular Machine Safety Cards, Heritage & Conservation Joinery Factsheets, and a range of employment guides all supported by the BWF member helplines.
The new guidance is available to members at: www.bwf.org.uk/publications/health-and-safety