Like any craft, woodturning has its hazards. We are dealing with powerful machines, sharp tools, dust, and noise. So we need to protect especially our eyes, face, hands, lungs and ears. The answer of course is to use safe practices. Please take the time to carefully review the information and resources below.
Throughout the resources below you will find recurring themes that apply in all areas of safe practice. Here are a few:
The American Association of Woodturners (AAW) has excellent safety resources. The following are all must-read resources:
Woodturning safety is YOUR responsibility - A must-read three page summary of woodturning best practices.Safety Guidebook for Woodturners - A must-read for every woodturner, whether novice or experienced. Includes a checklist and articles on various topics (including one by BAWA member Jim Rodgers).
AAW woodturning safety web page - Where you can find additional important tips and articles on safety.
Note: Joining AAW will give you access to continuous updated safety information on its website, forums, and bi-monthly magazine.