Health & Safety in
the Textiles Room
This PowerPoint will help you
understand what health and
safety issues you need to consider
when working in the textiles room.

What do you need to
consider when sewing?

Sewing machines should be sited with
care so that leads and work will not
obstruct a gangway, and so that the
operator will not be knocked by
persons passing by. Machines should
be on a firm table or worktop at an
appropriate height. Lighting needs to
be to a standard which is appropriate
to detailed work.

What you need to think
about when using

Regularly examine flexes, plugs and
sockets. Take particular care to
examine the lead to the foot control,
which can be damaged easily.
Remove the plug from the socket
before making any adjustments or
changing needles. The risk of injury
to fingers is especially high when rethreading the machine.

Washing, Drying and
2.1 All machines must be used strictly in accordance with
the manufacturer’s instructions. Tumble dryers must be
ventilated to the external air to prevent excessive
condensation build up.
2.2 Irons can cause serious burns, and pupils must be
carefully supervised while ironing. It is a good idea to use
an ironing board attachment to hold the cable out of the
2.3 It is essential for children to be taught about the
flammability of fabrics. Teachers should ensure that flame
retardant materials are used for making children’s night
clothes, noting that the legal requirement includes
trimmings, threads and linings as well as fabrics. Cookery
aprons and soft toys should also be flame retardant.