and use the safety practices that should be observed when working
with power tools.
drill press, band saw, jig saw, circular saw, belt sander, electric
drill, table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, and paint spray gun.
proper clothing for the type of work being done. When
using a grinder do not wear gloves. Do not wear loose-fitting
clothes or jewelry that can get caught in moving parts.
Do not roll up long sleeves. Do not wear highly flammable
clothes. Wear safety-toed shoes to protect your feet and
your eyes, face, head, and scalp. Wear industrial-quality
safety glasses or a safety shield. Safety glasses should
have the Z87.1 logo on them to assure they are industrial
quality. Pull back long hair in a band or a cap to keep
is from getting caught in tools.
a respirator. When working in dusty conditions, use
a filter-type respirator.
distractions. Keep your mind on your work. Talking,
running, pushing, and scuffling can lead to accidents.
the work area clean. Keep the floor free of scraps and
oil. Cluttered work areas invite accidents.
only at operating speed. Do not use a power tool before
it has reached operating speed or while it is coming to
a stop. Never force a tool by applying too much pressure.
stop moving parts abruptly. Once a power tool has been
turned off, allow it to coast to a stop. Never force an
object into moving parts to stop a machine. Be sure the
tool has come to a complete stop before laying it down.
both hands. Use both hands to hold and guide material
in a safe location. Position yourself to avoid being
hit if the tool kicks back. Do not stand directly behind
nails, staples, and loose knots before sawing.
the electrical cord. Keep the power cord out of the
line of the cut. Serious shock may result if the cord is
tools clean and in good repair. Always clean up power
tools before putting them away. Avoid using tools that are
or appear to be in disrepair.
guards in place. Safety guards cannot protect you if
they are not in place and in proper working order.
not leave a machine running unattended. Make sure all
moving parts have come to a complete stop before you leave
the work area or before you make minor adjustments.
the machine. Read the operator's manual and learn the
applications, limitations, and potential of each power tool
before you begin to use it.
the switch location(s). Remember where the switch is
located so you can turn off the machine quickly.
safe blades. Never use cracked or kinked saw blades.
Keep saw blades sharp and properly set.
proper ventilation. Especially when using paint spray
guns in confined areas, provide adequate ventilation to
remove hazardous vapors.
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