Shop Rules and Safety

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  • Never work alone in the workshop, work at least in pairs. This is so because in case of industrial/workshop accident the other partner will be a helper.
  • Never use a tool that you have not been certified to use.
  • Do not work in the shop if tired, or in a hurry.
  • Think about what you are doing; think before you start a job and during the entire time you are doing it. Remember that your own personal caution is of more value to you than all the safeguards that can be set up.
  • Know where the main switch is. This stops processes immediately should anything go wrong in the industry.
  • Do not tamper with or attempt to repair tools or equipment which you do not understand.
  • Defective tools are dangerous, do not use them.
  • If a tool is labeled as out-of-order or is in need of repair, do not use it!
  • Only use a tool for its' intended purpose.
  • Never remove or tamper with guards or safety devices on any tools.
  • Inspect the tool for defects before using it. If it looks defective report it to a tool steward. Don't ignore it! The next person who uses the tool may not notice the defect and could be injured as a result.
  • Keep the area around the tool clean and free of clutter.
  • Always use the appropriate personal protection equipment for the tool you are using.
  • Report ALL hazards, unsafe conditions and work practices.
  • Never talk to or distract someone who is using any tool.
  • Disconnect power before making adjustments to power tools. Do not service energized equipment.
  • Take appropriate fire prevention precautions when your work generates heat or sparks, or involves open flames or flammable liquids.
  • Keep shop clean and tidy. When not in use, store tools, equipment, and supplies properly. Clean-up after you complete your work.
  • Do not cut material that contains nails, screws, knots, or other imperfections of materials.
  • Never leave a running tool unattended.
  • Avoid awkward operations and hand positions where a sudden slip could cause your hand to move into the cutting tool or blade.
  • Use a "push stick" to push material into the cutting area. Jigs are also useful in keeping hands safe during cutting procedures. Keep hands out of the line of the cutting blade.