Scroll Saw
SAFE WORK PROCEDURE
Scroll Saw
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LOCATION
Schools in PTSD
WRITTEN BY: APPROVED BY:
Lorie Carriere
Alan Zadorozny
Jason Coe
School Principal
DATE CREATED
LAST REVISION
August 25, 2010
New
PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT (PPE)
Safety glasses or face shield must be worn at all
times in work areas.
Long and loose hair must be tied back
Appropriate footwear must be worn. Shoe must
be fully enclosed. No open toed shoes.
Close fitting/protective clothing must be worn.
Remove strings hanging from pullovers/sweaters.
Rings and jewelry (long necklaces / bracelets,
etc.) must not be worn.
Hearing protection must be worn when using
this machine.
HAZARDS PRESENT
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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Discharge of objects /material kickback
Exposed blade – cuts, amputations
Eye injury – sawdust, flying debris
Dust inhalation
 Equipment orientation
SAFE WORK PROCEDURE
DO NOT use this machine unless a teacher has instructed you
in its safe use and operation and has given permission.
PRE-OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS:
1. Check workspaces and walkways to ensure no slip/trip hazards are present.
2. Locate and ensure you are familiar with the operation of the ON/OFF starter and E-Stop (if
fitted).
3. Use only materials free from defects.
4. Ensue that the blade is held firmly between the chucks and that the blade tension lever is
adjusted.
5. Machine must be isolated while blades are being installed.
6. Guards should be in place and used at all times. Adjust the pressure foot so that it is pressing
lightly on the work piece.
7. Do not store tools and parts on top of the machine.
8. Faulty equipment must not be used. Immediately report suspect machinery to your teacher.
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OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS:
1. Never leave the machine running unattended. Do not leave the machine until the blade has
come to a complete stop.
2. Before making adjustments switch off and bring the machine to a complete standstill.
3. Stop the machine before removing scrap pieces from the table.
4. Always keep hands and fingers away from the blade.
5. Hold material firmly and feed into the blade at a moderate speed.
6. Never start the Scroll Saw with the stock pressed against the blade.
7. Turn off the machine if the material is to be backed out of an uncompleted cut.
8. Make release cuts before cutting long curves.
9. Ensure guard is in place and free from defects and accumulation of wood dust and debris.
OPERATING THE SCROLL SAW:
1. Don all personal protective equipment: safety glasses / face shield, hearing protection, proper
footwear (closed toe / heal shoes). Remove all jewelry; loose clothing and tie back hair.
2. Ensure the 0n/Off switch is in the “off” position and plug the machine into properly grounded
power source.
3. Layout a cutting line on the material.
4. Place material to be cut onto the table, well away from the blade. Never start the saw with the
blade in contact with the stock.
5. Adjust the pressure foot to the thickness of the stock.
- With machine at complete stop, loosen the lock handle and move the hold down rod up or
down.
- Tighten the lock handle.
- The pressure foot should be adjusted so it contacts the top surface of the work being cut.
6. Cutting material:
a) Turn on power and let machine come to full speed.
b) Place the material on the scroll saw table. Use both hands to hold the material. Adjust the
blower to keep the cutting line clear.
c) Use light contact with the blade to prevent undue friction, heating and work hardening of the
blade.
d) Move stock steadily forward along the cutting line. Relief cuts should be made when cutting
tight curves.
e) Maintain a 10cm (4 inch) distance from the blade with fingers and use a push stick when
finishing narrow cuts. Keep fingers off the cutting line.
f) When the cut is complete turn off the saw and let the blade come to a complete stop before
backing out of the cut if necessary.
6. When work has been completed, turn off the saw and stay till machine comes to a complete
stop.
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7. Remove material from the table and clean the area. If there is a lot of saw dust, wear a dust
mask while cleaning the area.
REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS
Mb. Regulations 217/2006, Part 16, Sections 16.1 – 16.18
WS&H Act W210, Section 4, 5, 7, 7.1
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