The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will be undertaking a focused inspection campaign on woodworking businesses throughout Northern Ireland during October 2017.
The emphasis of the campaign will be on how woodworking businesses control risks from wood dust, maintain machinery guarding, and have up-to-date Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) records to ensure that the system has been examined within the last 14 months, in compliance with regulations.
Wood dust is a known respiratory sensitisor and it is known that exposure to hard woods can cause cancer.
Throughout the inspection campaign, HSENI Inspectors will expect that:
· Safety risks are controlled
l Machinery is guarded adequately.
l Braking devices are fitted to ensure run down times are within 10 seconds unless it can be proved that this is not required.
· Health risks are controlled
l Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) is provided to control wood dust.
l LEV system - have records showing that it has been thoroughly examined within the last 14 months, or evidence that you have it planned for a specific date.
l Respiratory protection equipment (RPE) is provided to the correct standard.
Where inspectors find the above are not in place, enforcement action, in the form of Improvement and Prohibition Notices, will be issued.