Before beginning work in a shop, be sure you are authorized to perform the work to be done and inspect your tools and equipment. If a procedure is potentially hazardous to others in the area, warn fellow workers accordingly. Use warning signs or barriers, as necessary.
Notify your supervisor if you notice any unsafe conditions such as the following:
- Defective tools or equipment
- Improperly guarded machines
- oil, gas, or other leaks
Inform other employees if you see an unsafe work practice; however, be careful not to distract a person who is working with power tools.
Reviewed November 2014