SUN CITY ORO VALLEY WOODWORKING CLUB REQUIRED SAFETY TRAINING
The Sun City Oro Valley Community Association has authorized our club to require safety and equipment operation training prior to working in the shop and using the equipment. Because of the inherent dangers associated with operating woodworking machinery, we consider this training to be essential in the prevention of injuries and equipment damage. It also provides the benefits of helping members get the most out of the equipment and promoting and enhancing the enjoyment of woodworking.
How to obtain the required training:
1. Attend the series of free classes that are held in the shop every year, usually in February. When the classes are scheduled, the schedule will appear in this website and the Tipster. The schedule will also be posted in the shop. Sign up for these classes in the shop before the start of the first class of the series. All SCOV residents are welcome to attend.
2. Click on the button below. That will take you to a YouTube playlist. Watch all the videos as many times as you like. After watching the videos, contact Don Jovag or a club officer to schedule a one-on-one session to review what you have learned and to asses your ability to work safely in the shop. Some of the videos were produced in the shop with Don Jovag instructing. In those videos, some of the equipment shown has been upgraded or replaced, but the operations, procedures and precautions shown still apply. If you are unable to use the Internet to obtain this training, contact a club officer about alternatives.
Whether you have attended the classes or watched the videos, you are required to read the Safety and Shop Rules and Procedures pages in this website. While not mandatory, reading the owners/operating/safety manuals for the machines you will use is a very good idea and is common sense, and, who knows, you may learn something that will prevent injury and increase your enjoyment of the tool. The manuals are available via the Equipment page in this website, and paper copies are available in the shop. They cannot be removed from the shop, but a monitor can provide the shop's copy and can answer your questions.
The safety training mentioned on this page provides just the bare minimum of knowledge to qualify you to work in the shop and use the equipment. You will be expected to continue increasing your knowledge of safety practices, proper machine operation and woodworking techniques. Remember that your safety is your responsibility - not the club's.