Shop Rules and Safety

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  • 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.
  • If you must work alone in the workshop, pause and consider what you would do in an emergency before using power tools.
  • Never use a tool that you have not been certified to use. In particular those tools that are labeled with a Red or Orange sticker.
  • Do not work in the shop if tired, or in a hurry.
  • Know where the tool off switch is. Turn off the tool immediately if something should go wrong.
  • Do not tamper with or attempt to repair tools or equipment unless authorized.
  • 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. You and the next person's safety are at risk.
  • 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 to Tool Stewards.
  • 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.