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Brad Smith
Woodshop Supervisor
Frostic School of Art
bradley.smith@wmich.edu
269.387.2462
Frostic School of Art Woodshop
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Safety

Safety in the woodshop is the highest priority.  Following proper safety procedures and conforming to the woodshop policies as outlined in the woodshop handbook will greatly reduce any chance of injury.


Working wood is inherently dangerous.  Using hand or power tools improperly or ignoring safety practices can lead to permanent injury or even death.  Don’t try to perform operations unless you are certain they are safe for you.  If something about an operation doesn’t feel right, look for another way or ask for assistance.  We want you to enjoy your time in the woodshop, so please keep safety foremost in your mind whenever you’re in the shop.


While the information on this website and woodshop handbook does cover numerous safety issues, it is not a replacement for time spent practicing safe work habits in the woodshop.


Completing the process to become Shop Certified in no way makes the user an expert.  Becoming accomplished at working with wood-based materials and the equipment used to shape them takes time, patience and hard work.  One should plan ahead and ask for assistance.  The woodshop staff is available to help and offer advice.


The user needs to understand the limits of the equipment, the materials, their own technical ability and the size and scope of the project when considering work in the woodshop.


Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the woodshop user to follow all safety procedures as outlined.