John Sloss, Safety Director

“The Most Dangerous Tool is the One You’re Using!”

Click for these Safety Sections:
Committee Members
Safety Policies
Safety Presentations
Use of Shop Equipment: The Green Tag
Recommended Personal Protective Equipment
Safety Orientation Schedule
Safety Rules
Safety Tips
Storm Shelter

The Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild is comprised of members who are dedicated to the following Safety Program goals and objectives.

  • Formulate a comprehensive safety program that educates the Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild members and officers.
  • To encourage and promote safe woodworking attitudes and behaviors by all members when pursuing their woodworking activities in the guild wood shop or at home.
  • Educate Guild members to the safest ways to operate various woodworking power tools and use the safest woodworking techniques.
  • Educate Guild members in the best personal protective equipment to protect themselves against chemicals, noise, dust exposures and flying objects.

Join the Safety Committee in taking some time to review key safety attitudes you should have while working in your shop. Everyone should be taking personal responsibility for his or her own personal safety in Guild and his or her shop.  With so many new woodworkers joining the Guild each month, it is important to reinforce the things that may seem like common sense to an experienced woodworker.  Even experienced woodworkers can always use a refresher on these key safety attitudes.

  • FOCUS – A good safety attitude means that you focus on the task. How well are you concentrating on the job? If you have other things on your mind, you may be distracted.
  • STRENGTH – No, this does not mean muscle strength. What it means is the strength to do the right thing, even when you are under time or other pressure to take shortcuts. A good safety attitude means you have the strength to follow the safety procedures.
  • TIME – A good safety attitude means taking the time to do things correctly and using the right guard or Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Is saving a few minutes worth a lifelong injury?
  • RESPONSIBILITY – If you care about yourself and your family, YOU will have to take responsibility and follow the safety procedures and not take short cuts.
  • RISK – We all take risks. A good safety attitude means being smart and avoid taking unnecessary risks. A one in a thousand risk is not worth the possible cost. Do not play the odds, always follow the safety procedures.

Safety Policies

The following Safety Policies are accessible in the MEMBERS ONLY AREA of the web site:
          Safety Program Policy
          Safety Orientation Policy
          Shop Applied Finish Policy

 Safety Presentation

See the “Solvent Safety Presentation” from October, 2015 in the MEMBERS ONLY AREA

Use of Shop Equipment (The Green Tag)

The Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild places a heavy emphasis on safety.  You must be a member in good standing, at the Sawdust Makers level or above, in order to use the shop’s hand or machine tools.  A Green Name Badge, signifies that you have successfully completed the online Safety Test and completed a Guild-approved Safety Orientation course (See #3 below).  Here is how to proceed:.

  1. Contact the Membership Director ( to receive your password for the online Safety Test behind the Members Only sectionof the website.
  2. Study the Safety Rules for Equipment
  3. Successfully complete the “open-book” online Safety Test (minimum 90% correct answers), using the password provided by the Membership Director. The test must be completed at least 48 hours before participating in a two-hour Safety Orientation session, conducted monthly at the KCWG, or one of the alternative methods of obtaining your Green Name Badge.
       These alternatives to the Safety Orientation are participation in the half-day Rough to Ready class or the 10-week Basic Woodworking class. Information and class schedules can be found under the Activities / Classes & Training tab on this website. Both of these courses require a fee, but may provide a quicker path to earning your Green Name Badge for shop privileges.
  4. Upon completion of the online Safety Test, you will be prompted to print the results of the test. Printed test results must be brought to your Safety Orientation or alternative class.
  5. Print the Liability Waiver, sign it, and bring it with you to the Safety Orientation or alternative class for which you have signed up. (The Liability Waiver form is also available in the Shop Office.)
  6. Sign up for one of the available Safety Orientation sessions, using the URL provided by the Membership Director, or register for one of the alternative classes, to earn your Green Name Badge.
  7. Safety Orientation participants should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your scheduled Safety Orientation.

The safety-certification process is completed by the issuance of your Green Name Badge by the Membership Director, typically within 10 days of safety-orientation completion. The Green Name Badge is mandatory for participation in Open Shop hours, classes, projects or any activity where use of shop tools is involved.

Note: Non-members MAY NOT participate in the safety orientation.  Completed test and Liability Waiver MUST be brought to the Safety Orientation.

Recommended Personal Protective Equipment

Hearing protection: Select earmuffs that have a 25 or higher NRR (Noise Reduction Rating). Earmuffs are more comfortable than earplugs, and they make donning and doffing easier. 

Dust protection: A good choice is a half-mask respirator, such as 3M’s 6500 Series Respirator with their 2097 P100 Particulate Filters.

Eye protection: Safety glasses must be ANSI (American Natinal Standards Institute) Z87.1 rated and include side shield protection.  Safety glasses must be worn at all times you are in the shop while power equipment is being used.

Safety Orientation Schedule

DayDateTimeInstructor #1Instructor #2Grader
SaturdayNovember 18, 20173:00 - 5:00 pmDenny Walton/ / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / /Denny Sondgeroth
SundayJanuary 14, 20183:00 - 5:00 pmAlex ScottRon HawChris McCauley/Laura Provance
SaturdayFebruary 10, 20183:00 - 5:00 pmDenny WaltonJohn SlossRon Haw

 Safety Rules for Equipment

KCWG Safety Rules Booklet

Booklet By Section

Shop-Wide Rules (This set of rules applies across the board to all sections below.)
Band Saw
Belt and Disk Sanders
Belt Thickness Sanders
Bench Grinder
CNC Router
Drill Press
Hand Tools
Handheld Power Tools
Hollow Chisel Mortiser
Router Table
Scroll Saw
Sliding Compound Miter Saw
Table Saw
Thickness Planer

Shop Safety Tips

ST-NoiseInduced Hearing Loss
ST-Noise Control
ST-Fire Safety
ST-Accident Causes
ST-Eyewear Selection

 Storm Shelter

Where is the Tornado Shelter in the Shop?

The bathrooms and the nearby classroom have been designated tornado shelters in our new shop.  If a tornado siren sounds, depending upon how many people are in the shop at the time, the bathrooms are the first choice as a shelter. If a tornado siren sounds, during a meeting, the bathrooms and classroom are the shelter.

Prior to arriving at the shop, be aware of the weather conditions in the area.

  • Tornado Watch means that conditions are conducive to the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.
  • Tornado Warning – A tornado has actually been sighted by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch – Conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning – A severe thunderstorm has actually been observed by spotters or indicated on radar, and is occurring or imminent in the warning area.

Shop safety extends to you being aware and seeking shelter if the tornado sirens sound while working in the shop.