Wood Dust Exposure Monitoring

Management of wood dust affects all wood industry businesses. Health and safety management systems, procedures and control measures required will need to develop to aid compliance with the lowering of workplace exposure limits from 2020. At present the UK has the following workplace exposure limits (WEL) for wood dust: Softwood – 5mg m³ 8hr TWA 

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Wood Dust – Changes on the way

The EU is about to introduce new lower limits for the amount of hardwood dust workers can be exposed to and HSE wants to know how this change will affect your business. By completing the following survey (which will only take about 10-15 minutes) you will be contributing to how HSE understands the forthcoming change 

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Recycle of Grinder

Today was a busy day in the workshop (even though a lovely Sunday).  We always try to do our bit and have been busy refurbing a second hand Automatic Straight Knife Grinder. People always seem to throw out good working items or change them.  Not us, much to the worry of staff, we buy and 

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New Apprenticeships – Furniture & Wood

Apprenticeship Standards (England) for Furniture and Wood Industry. Under the Apprenticeship Reforms, new Apprenticeship Standards will replace the old Apprenticeship Frameworks in England. The Furniture Manufacture Standard is now available at Level 2, which Didac is offering to all Employers and Apprentices. New Standards – what’s the difference? Each occupation will now have its own 

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Staff and Learners visit Vastern Timber

Visit to Vastern Timber On the 30th March 2017, Didac staff and learners visited Vastern Timber, in Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.  The tour, allowed all to see their locally sourced tree, through to conversion, kiln drying and final machining processes. Vastern Timber is one of the largest British hardwood sawmills in the country, specialising in cutting 

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W16 Competition

 Liam Martin wins W challenge Bristol-based woodworking apprentice, Liam Martin, 19, has been crowned the winner of W16’s very first woodworking and joinery competition, the W Challenge. Run by training provider, Didac, the talented finalist was given four-days to follow a strict brief that would see him and three further students put their skills to 

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Didac Ltd Success at Skillbuild Regional Heats

Construction learners from across the South West gathered at South Devon College on Tuesday 12th April. They competed in the South West Regional Heat of Skillbuild 2016, a national construction competition delivered by the Skillbuild – Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). It has been running for over 45 years touring the country looking for the 

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