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Personal Protection


There are several measures you must take to protect yourself from shop hazards. For example, do not wear the following when working around machinery:

  • Loose fitting clothing
  • Neckties
  • Jewelry
  • Long sleeved shirt

If you must wear a long sleeved shirt, be sure the sleeves are rolled down and buttoned. Snug fitting clothes and safety shoes are essential safety equipment in the shop.

Always wear safety glasses with side shields when working with shop equipment. Additional protection using goggles or face shields may be necessary for the following types of work:

  • Grinding, Chipping, Sandblasting
  • Welding
  • Glass working

Wear ANSI approved hard hats whenever there is a chance of objects falling from above. In addition, wear suitable gloves, preferably leather, when working with the following:

  • Scrap metal or wood
  • Sharp-edged stock
  • Unfinished lumber

Refer to the Personal Protective Equipment chapter in this manual for more information.


May 2011
Reviewed November 2014