06 – Site Readiness Copy

The evaluation site must comply with the criteria in the Skill Standards.

If an evaluation site is being used for the first time, develop a relationship with the site supervisor. Make contact by phone and, if possible, visit the site prior to the session.

There can be no compromise with regard to safety.

Confirm that any machine used by a Candidate for evaluation is in working order and equipped with any relevant guards or safety devices, dust collection, sufficient lighting, safe footing and clear working access.

It is expected educators and supervisors in industry will be working in a site suitable for evaluation.

Safety – when to STOP an Evaluation

It goes without saying that SAFETY is always a consideration in any manufacturing process. Woodworking , by its very nature, can be hazardous to the woodworker and to others in the vicinity. So, when is an operation unsafe to the point of terminating the evaluation?

A rule of thumb that might be applied to all woodworking operations is this:

If a given operation requires PERFECT execution to avoid mishap, then it is NOT SAFE.

A safe working situation is one that allows for imperfection in execution. It provides protection and/or an escape plan.

Safety should first be addressed by the Candidate in the Pre-Op period. He/she should make sure that the appropriate guarding is in place and that any other required tools or equipment are at hand. The Accredited Skill Evaluator shall confirm the Candidate has done so and is ready to begin, without prejudice or approbation.

Personal Protective Equipment

Safety glasses must be worn at all times.

Face masks, shop aprons or other protective clothing can be used. Restrictive or loose clothing or accessories which may, in the opinion of the Accredited Skill Evaluator, pose a threat to safe execution of the operation shall be modified and/or removed prior to the evaluation.


A machine or tool may have a factory-supplied guard, which can be used.

If the standard guard cannot be used, an alternate method of guarding the process must be employed.

If an operation absolutely cannot be done with a physical guard, then the operator must utilize process procedures that “guard” the hands and body through position and technique.

Jigs and Fixtures

By holding the work piece or guiding the tool, jigs and fixtures make the process safer. Hands can be kept away from the cutting tool.

Auxiliary fences, hold-downs, stops and other devices can help control the work piece.

Push sticks and push blocks can be used to keep hands away from the cutting tool.

When to Stop

During the operation, if the Evaluator observes that the Candidate is attempting to complete the operation in a manner that could be deemed unsafe, the Evaluation should be stopped. Incorrect body position, placing the hands in imminent danger from the cutting tool, not using appropriate guarding, restrictive or loose clothing, etc. are all possible reasons. You must be the judge.