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Chapter 130 of
   Safety - Avoiding disaster and staying healthy - be rested and alert and make safety your number one priority !

Before operating a lathe, please understand that a lathe can be a very dangerous machine, when not operated safely. In conjunction with turning, often other potential dangerous situations arise. To this end, we highly recommend you consult the AAW website for a complete review of lathe SAFETY GUIDELINES. In addition, you will find on their site other safety related information regarding wood toxicity and dust collection. The GVWG has produced or references other important safety related articles below.

DEMONSTRATING - members of the GVWG that demonstrate at Guild sponsored events need to be approved by the Guild. The following is the process and criteria for a member to become approved. The need for assessment is strictly one of safety - to operate a lathe in such a manner as to not endanger any spectators.

. Guild Member Safety Review / Evaluation

. Certified Assessors

. Checklist for public demonstration

Please contact the President if you wish to apply.

Shop Safety - Fatigue, Force, and Huh!?! - by Ron Hadar

Lathe Safety

Lathe & Shop Safety by Geoff Whaling

Fire safety in the shop OR... Smokey the Bear meets Red Green

Fire safety for woodturners  

Spontaneous combustion

Stay healthy - dust collection for woodturners


More on dust collection

Chainsaw safety

Wood toxicity

. Event Request Application

In addition, the woodturner may use other machines such as bandsaws and rotary carvers and many others. Please make sure you understand their intended use and limitations and adhere to all safety precautions including personal protective equipment.