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Common Shop Hazards

The following table highlights common shop hazards:

Potential Hazards
Hazard Sources
- Compressed air/gases
- Flying debris
- Noise
- Pinching, cutting, amputation
- Slipping, tripping
- UV radiation

- Oxygen, acetylene, air
- Grinders, saws, welders
- Any power tool
- Vises, power tools, hand tools
- Wood/metal chips, electrical cords, oil, etc.
- Welding

- Overload
- Fire
- Shock

- Too many cords per outlet
- Frayed, damaged cords
- Ungrounded tools, equipment
- Flammable chemicals
- Sparks
- Static sparks
- Uncontrolled fire

- Gasoline, degreasers, paint thinners, etc.
- Welders, grinders
- Ungrounded tools or solvent containers
- Lack of appropriate fire extinguishers
- Toxic liquids
- Toxic fumes, gases, dusts

- Cleaning solvents, degreasers, etc.
- Welding, motor exhaust, etc.

It is not possible to detail all the risks involved with shop work. However, it is possible to foresee many hazards by carefully planning each job. To prevent accidents, utilize your knowledge, training, and common sense. Evaluate potential sources of injury, and attempt to eliminate any hazards.

May 2011
Reviewed November 2014