Health and Safety

Leading the way

We like having ten fingers so we take health and safety seriously. We carry out risk assessments, training and encourage a positive approach to everyone’s safety within our learning spaces.

Health and Safety Policy Statement

WomenzShed is committed to a safe environment for our staff, contractors, workshop attendees, Club Members and visitors to our workspaces.


The Trustees and their representatives will:

  1. Involve all personnel to identify and manage all existing hazards by taking all practicable steps to eliminate, isolate or minimise the exposure to any significant hazards.
  2. Be proactive in controlling new hazards.
  3. Provide robust health and safety training and supervision.
  4. Ensure that all workshop attendees and Wood Club Members are adequately trained to enable them to work in a safe manner.
  5. Encourage positive safety culture.
  6. Meet the obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Codes of Practice and any relevant standards or guidelines.


Learners will:

  1. Actively contribute to hazard identification and management.
  2. Adopt safe working practices, including the use of appropriate PPE.
  3. Encourage others to do the same.
  4. Observe all safe work procedures, codes of practice, rules or instructions.
  5. Report accidents, injuries or near misses immediately and accurately.


Everyone is expected to share this commitment to safety.

Signed: N Moss Dated:   1 January 2023

Position: Founder and General Manager

Health and Safety Declaration for SHEddies

I declare that when in WomenzShed premises or engaged in or watching WomenzShed activities I will follow and abide by the safe health, safety and work practices as shown by WomenzShed instructors and/or workspace signs and I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to listen and understand about those health, safety and work practices. 

This includes:

  • Not working with any power tools or machinery that you have not been shown how to use by a WomenzShed instructor or representative
  • Take the actions listed in the Hazards list on each machine to minimise the risks identified
  • Always work with sharp tools which are appropriate to the task being undertaken
  • Secure any loose hair and clothing to avoid it being caught in machinery or wood
  • Wear or use appropriate safety equipment such as a face shield, safety glasses, dust mask, gloves, etc,
  • Ask if I am unsure about using any tools or machinery.

I will promptly and without argument comply with all directions of a WomenzShed instructor or representative.