Tips on Shop Safety

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A shop has many potential hazards. To work safely in the shop, you need to know what you are doing and follow safety procedures.

  • Don’t play around or distract others who are working.
  • Don’t wear loose clothing, jewelry, or long hair around power tools.
  • Only use tools you have been trained to use.
  • Use the correct tool for the job, and be sure it is properly adjusted. If you are not sure, ask your supervisor.
  • Use the proper personal protective equipment for the job, like safety glasses or hearing protection – ask your supervisor before you start.
  • Broken, worn, or improperly adjusted tools should not be used – tell your supervisor.
  • A sharp tool is safer than a dull one, because you won’t need to fight it – tell your supervisor if tools need sharpening.
  • Electrical cords should not be broken or frayed, and three prong plugs should have all three prongs. Don’t unplug them by pulling on the cord.
  • Keep guards and shields in place on power tools, air compressors, and other shop equipment.
  • If you must work under or around a raised machine, be sure it is safely supported by blocks or jackstands. Machines that can roll should be chocked.
  • If you are working on a powered machine, follow lockout/tagout procedures so it cannot be started. Ask your supervisor if you don’t know how.
  • Never leave a running power tool unattended.

Housekeeping Tips:

  • Handle and store flammable liquids safely.
  • Clean up spills immediately and store oily rags in a covered metal container.
  • Put tools away, and keep the floor clear of grease, loose parts and tripping hazards.
  • Report all injuries to your supervisor.

Safety Training for Employers and Supervisors of Adolescent Farmworkers

Funding provided by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, grant no. 5 U50 0H008107-02

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