General Shop Safety Guidelines
Follow these guidelines for general shop safety:
- Know the hazards associated with your work. Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job.
- Always wear appropriate safety gear and protective clothing.
- Wear nitrile gloves when cleaning with degreasers or ferric chloride.
- Ensure that there is adequate ventilation to prevent exposure from vapors of glues, lacquers, paints and from dust and fumes.
- Maintain good housekeeping standards.
- Keep the work area free from slipping/tripping hazards (oil, cords, debris, etc.).
- Clean all spills immediately.
- Remove sawdust, wood chips, and metal chips regularly.
- It is recommended that electrical cords pull down from an overhead pulley rather than lying on the floor.
- Leave tool and equipment guards in place.
- Know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
- Make sure all tools and equipment are properly grounded and that cords are in good condition.
- Double-insulated tools or those with three-wire cords are essential for safety.
- Use extension cords that are large enough for the load and distance.
- Secure all compressed gas cylinders. Never use compressed gas to clean clothing or skin.
- Always use flashback arrestors on cutting/welding torches.
- Take precautions against heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
- Wear infrared safety goggles when appropriate.
Refer any questions regarding shop safety to the Facilities Department and/or EHSRM.
Reviewed November 2014