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. This applies in particular those tools that are labeled with a Red or Orange sticker.
  • Do not work in the shop if you are 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 you find a tool that is broken or defective, report it in the tool tracker.
  • 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.
  • You should never have to remove or tamper with guards or safety devices on any tools. If you do remove or tamper with a guard it is your responsibility to put it back. You and the next person's safety are at risk.
  • Inspect the tool for defects before using it. If it looks defective report it in the tool tracker. 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 the DIYode board.
  • Never talk to or distract someone who is using any tool.
  • Disconnect power before making adjustments to power tools. Do not service energized equipment. For battery powered tools, remove the battery first.
  • Tie up long hair and contain loose clothing before proceeding with power tools.
  • Take appropriate fire prevention precautions when your work generates heat or sparks, or involves open flames or flammable liquids.
  • Keep the shop clean and tidy. Clean up after you complete your work.
  • Always return tools, equipment, and supplies back to their proper place.
  • Do not cut material that contains nails or screws.
  • Extra care should be taken when working with materials that have knots, irregular surfaces or other imperfections.
  • Never leave a running tool unattended.
  • Avoid awkward operations and hand positions where a sudden slip could cause your hand or other body parts or parts yet to be defined to move into the cutting tool or blade.
  • Use of a "push stick" to push material will keep your hands away from the cutting area. Jigs are also useful in keeping hands safe during cutting procedures. Keep hands out of the line of the cutting blade.
  • Always be aware of what others are doing in the workshop around you.