Safety

Personal Protection

  1. Wear approved eye protection at all times upon entering the shop.
  2. Shoes must always be worn while in the shop.
  3. Avoid loose clothing; it can become entangled in the machinery.
  4. Long hair must be securely tied back.
  5. Absolutely NO horseplay, clowning around, or any kind of unproductive activity allowed.
  6. Wear suitable gloves when working with shop materials.

Hand Tools

  1. Always watch what you are doing.
  2. Use the proper tool for that intended purpose ONLY.
  3. Always carry sharp pointed tools away from yourself and away from others, and carry long stock such as molding or dowels in a vertical position. Always take care to warn others when carrying long stock.
  4. Keep knives and scissors sharp. Dull tools are more dangerous than sharp tools.
  5. Never carry a hand tool in your pocket.

Power Tools

  1. Always operate tools at the correct speed for the job at hand.
  2. Watch your work when operating power tools.
  3. Never reach over equipment while it is running.
  4. Keep a firm grip on portable power tools.
  5. Never disable or tamper with safety releases or other automatic switches; keep safety guards in place
  6. Disconnect power tools before performing maintenance or changing components.
  7. Stay clear of moving machine parts.
  8. Make sure all tools and equipment are properly grounded and that cords are in good condition.

Safe Lifting Procedures

  1. Before lifting a load, think of other means of moving it using a device that can help you to pull, push, or roll the load.
  2. Have firm footing and make sure the standing surface that you are on is not slippery.
  3. Determine the best way to hold the load using handles, gripping areas or special lifting tools. Get a firm grip on the load.
  4. Keep your back straight by tucking your chin in.
  5. Tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your legs.
  6. Lift the load slowly.
  7. Hold the load as close to the body as possible; be sure you position the load close to the body before lifting.
  8. Do not twist during your lift or when moving the load. Turn with your feet rather than your back.
  9. Set the load down gently, using your legs and keeping your back as straight as possible.
  10. Ask for help if you need it and use lifting tools and devices whenever they are available.

Additional Guidelines

  1. Maintain good housekeeping standards.
  2. Put tools in their proper place.
  3. Keep the work area free from slipping/ tripping hazards.
  4. Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job.
  5. Stop work if something distracts you.
  6. Do NOT use your hand to clear jams or blockages, use an appropriate tool.
  7. All injuries, even if slight, must be reported to the shop technician immediately.
  8. Check with the technician or one of the other mentors if you have any questions. "When in doubt. Don't do it."
  9. A first aid kit should be on-hand at all times.