What HSE inspectors look for - A quick checklist
Assessing your workshop
Conditions will vary from clean workshops to those where machines are buried under dust and off-cuts. General tidiness is often a good indication of how well other issues are being managed.
Have the right paperwork
Only low-level health surveillance (questionnaire-based) is needed for general wood dust. But high-level health surveillance must be in place where there is exposure to high-risk woods like Western Red Cedar.
There should be evidence of maintenance and test records for any extraction equipment and instructions for employees on how to use it properly (see extraction section in wood dust).
There should also be written instructions provided to employees covering: