We're serious about safety

All woodworkers need to go through our Machine Safety training prior to operating a machine.

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Shop Safety Rules

Safety is an integral part of our culture at Saratoga Joinery. We are dedicated to creating a safe environment for our members and the broader community. We want guests and members to feel comfortable learning and creating here. 

Dress for the occasion

  • Protective eyewear must be worn at all times.
  • Hearing protection should be used with higher decibel machines.
  • Loose clothing is prohibited. No neckties, scarves, hoodie strings or jewelry. Long hair must be tied back.
  • Open-toed shoes are prohibited.
  • Use a mask when working with MDF.

Be mindful and aware of your surroundings

  • Always be respectful and considerate of others. A good attitude is the foundation of a safe shop.
  • Ask for assistance when doing something new or if you are unsure. We are here to learn.
  • If you see a woodworker engaged in what you believe is an unsafe practice, intervene until a decision regarding safety is determined by the Shop Safety Coordinator.

Basic machine safety 

  • Machines can only be operated by woodworkers who have taken the Machine Safety classes, and have been Machine Qualified for that machine.
  • Check your surroundings - make sure you have a clear workspace and the floor is clear.
  • Make sure your workpiece doesn’t have embedded metal. Any materials not purchased in our lumber shop need to be looked over by the Shop Manager or Shop Safety Coordinator before they are run through any machine.
  • If a machine doesn’t sound right or isn’t behaving as it should, stop and report to the Shop Manager or Shop Safety Coordinator. 
  • Make sure machines come to a complete stop before you walk away or turn your back.
  • Unplug (or use a secondary safety switch) when you need to get your hands around the blade.
  • Always use two people to move full sheets of plywood/MDF.

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