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
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 Guild has a heavy emphasis on safety.  You must be a paid up member of the KCWG in good standing before having access to shop machine tools.  You must also acquire a Green Tag, signifying that you completed the Safety Orientation Class and passed the Safety Test.  To begin the actual process.

  • Contact the Membership Director ( to receive your password for the online test.
  • Study the Safety Rules for Equipment below.
  • Complete the on-line test behind the Members Only section with the information and using the passwords supplied by the Membership Director.
  • Upon completion of the on-line safety test, you will be prompted to print the results, which must be brought to the safety orientation.
  • Print the Liability Waiver, sign it, and bring it with you to the Safety Orientation Class.  (Liability Waivers are also available in the Shop Office.)
  • Show up 30 minutes early on the day of the orientation class.
  • Sign up for one of the available Safety Orientation Classes with the URL provided by the Membership Director.

Completion of these steps is signified by the issuance of the Green Tag name badge by the Membership Director.  The resulting Green Tag is mandatory for participation in classes, projects or any activity where use of shop tools is involved.  Green Tags are normally available 10 days after completion of all these steps.  

Note: To work on your own projects in the Open Shop sessions, you must also be a member at the Sawdust Makers level or above.

Note: Non-members may not participate in the safety orientation.  Completed test and waiver must be brought to the orientation.

Safety Orientation Schedule

DayDateTimeInstructor #1Instructor #2Grader
SundayOctober 22, 20173:00 - 5:00 pmDenny SondgerothJohn SlossCody Vitt
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.