OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 319 Push stick or block

This section is intended to protect workers from hazards inherent in the operation of equipment such as powered carpentry, wood milling or metal milling machinery. Push sticks and push blocks control the work piece, significantly reducing the possibility of the worker’s hands contacting the cutting devices.

Figure 22.20 Example of push stick

The push stick shown in Figure 22.20 should be used on small work pieces and when the distance between the blade and fence is narrow. A push block as shown in Figure 22.21 should be used on a jointer or planer to keep the operator’s thumbs and fingers away from the cutting head.

Figure 22.21 Example of push block