Certificated Operator Training from Wadkin

We offer a complete package of Training Products for industrial, educational and individual requirements. Courses are tailored to novice learners, experienced operators and supervisors covering all makes and types of woodworking machinery as well as portable power tools and abrasive wheels.

Covering the UK, Ireland and further afield, training courses can be delivered on site at customers premises or at our dedicated training centre in Nottingham. We take a very much ‘hands-on’ approach to training with courses conducted around machinery away from classrooms and PowerPoint presentations. Detailed training literature is provided for each learner to refer to throughout the course and for future reference.

Legal requirements for training

The law, as set out in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98) states that all persons who operate equipment must receive adequate training. From a business point of view, it is also a beneficial to ensure all employees are working efficiently and safely.

Woodworking Machine Operator Training

Operator Woodmachine training is essential. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that trained and experienced wood machine operators must receive refresher training at least every three to five years, but can be less depending on circumstance.

At Wadkin we offer tailored woodworking machine training courses specifically designed for delivery within industrial and educational environments. Wood machine training courses can be provided for operators as well as those who help in the machining process e.g., taking off, loading and/or feeding, setting, cleaning and maintaining etc.

Refresher training

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that trained and experienced wood machine operators receive refresher training at least every three to five years, but can be less depending on circumstance. Woodworking machine refresher training is required for the following;

  • For machinists and operators who occasionally stand in
  • For an operator returning to a particular machine having not used it for some time
  • Following an accident or near miss to demonstrate the incident can be avoided
  • Following a change in legislation or when new guidance is brought in
  • If the machining process or system of work changes
  • If new machine control systems have been fitted
  • If new equipment has been introduced

Course details

Each machine type is covered by an individual training unit. The aim of each course unit is to inform, access and certify the learner in Safe Setting and Operator Training on each woodworking machine in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Each course will cover the following areas;

  • Identification and function of key machine controls/features
  • Correct selection, setting and use of safety devices/guards/jigs
  • Correct selection, setting and use of machine
  • Correct selection, setting and use of tooling (as required)
  • Safe use of machines
  • Safe working practices, risk reduction and identifying/preventing hazards
  • Planned preventative maintenance
  • Full practical assessment of above
  • Regulations that apply to the machines and general/legal requirements

Each learner receives an assessment at the end of each unit. Successful candidates are issued with a certificate detailing the machine units they have completed.

The majority of our training course units include the provision of a training book with detailed information, illustrations and important safety information specific to that machine type. These books are left with each operator for future reference.

Course duration

The training needs of learners will be assessed individually taking into account their age and experience. Our experienced trainers adapt the courses accordingly to suit both the operators and the type of work being carried out.

For more information
call 0115 986 5201

Abrasive Wheel Training

Abrasive wheels are used throughout industry. Almost 50% of accidents involving abrasive wheels are attributed to unsafe systems of work and/ or operator error. We offer tailored courses delivered either onsite at customers premises or in our dedicated training facility in Nottingham.

Course details

Our courses are tailored to individual and business needs and are designed to prevent accidents, in particular injury resulting from either wheel breakage or contact with a running wheel.

The aim of each course unit is to inform, access and certify the learner in Safe Setting and Operator Training on each woodworking machine in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Each course will cover the following areas;

  • Hazards and risks arising from the use of abrasive wheels and the precautions to be observed
  • Methods or marking abrasive wheels with their type, size and maximum operating speed
  • How to store, hand and transport abrasive wheels
  • Functions of all parts used with abrasive wheels (e.g. flanges, blotters, bushes, nuts etc.)
  • How to assemble and balance abrasive wheels
  • Correct method for dressing an abrasive wheel
  • Proper adjustment of work rests where applicable
  • Used of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)

Each learner receives an assessment at the end of the course. Successful candidates are issued with a certificate on completion.

Our abrasive wheel training course includes the provision of a training book with detailed information, illustrations and important safety information. Training books are left with each learner for future reference.

For more information
call 0115 986 5201

Portable Power Tools Training

As part of our certificated operator machine courses we offer training on portable power tools. Courses are aimed at employers and businesses with staff operating power hand tools including pneumatic, mains electrical or battery operated. Each course is tailored to individual requirements based on the number and experience of learners (novice or experienced) and the equipment types.

Course details

The aim of each course unit is to inform, access and certify the learner in Safe Setting and Operator Training on each woodworking machine in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Each course will cover the following areas;

  • Hazards and risks arising from the use of each type of tool and the precautions to be observed
  • Functions, identification and setting of all parts used
  • Equipment set and operation
  • Tooling, identification and selection for specific tasks
  • Tool maintenance
  • Used of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
For more information
call 0115 986 5201

Supervisor Training

In addition to our certificated operator courses, we offer specific training course tailored to supervisors responsible for management of employees using woodworking machinery in industrial and educational environments. Workshop supervisors are an integral part of the management team and it is essential that they are aware of their health and safety responsibilities.

Legal requirements for supervisor training

Supervisor training is essential. The law, as set out in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98) states that anyone who manages or supervises the use of work equipment must receive adequate training.

Supervisor responsibilities

Recent accident investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have highlighted that supervisors can be unaware of their responsibilities. Workshop supervisors have key responsibilities and are a vital link in the chain of control. It is the supervisors responsibility to ensure that;

  • Workers are properly supervised for safety and act in a safe manner
  • Workers and operators are properly trained
  • Company health and safety rules are being adhered to
  • Everyone working or entering the workshop are aware of the hazards
  • All equipment is inspected, suitably guarded, safe to use and PUWER compliant
  • Operators are using the appropriate safety devices (push sticks, jigs etc.)
  • Workers and operators are not exposed to hazardous substances
  • The correct PPE is available and in use where required
  • All working areas are kept clear, tidy and free of unnecessary hazards
  • Everyone entering the workshop understands emergency procedures
  • Appropriate action is taken following a near miss or accident
For more information
call 0115 986 5201

Why choose Wadkin?

As a PIABC Quality Assured training provider we offer certificated courses for novice and new learners, as well as refresher and supervisor courses covering all types and makes of woodworking machinery. We cover all areas of the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Our ‘red team’ of dedicated woodworking machine trainers each have a minimum of 10 years time served experience within the industry. All of our trainers hold a formal qualification in teaching and accessing. Our unique, industry leading training material is continually updated to ensure any changes and updates in legislation are covered.

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