- Wear approved eye protection at all times upon entering the shop.
- Shoes must always be worn while in the shop.
- Avoid loose clothing; it can become entangled in the machinery.
- Long hair must be securely tied back.
- Absolutely NO horseplay, clowning around, or any kind of unproductive activity allowed.
- Wear suitable gloves when working with shop materials.
- Always watch what you are doing.
- Use the proper tool for that intended purpose ONLY.
- 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.
- Keep knives and scissors sharp. Dull tools are more dangerous than sharp tools.
- Never carry a hand tool in your pocket.
- Always operate tools at the correct speed for the job at hand.
- Watch your work when operating power tools.
- Never reach over equipment while it is running.
- Keep a firm grip on portable power tools.
- Never disable or tamper with safety releases or other automatic switches; keep safety guards in place
- Disconnect power tools before performing maintenance or changing components.
- Stay clear of moving machine parts.
- Make sure all tools and equipment are properly grounded and that cords are in good condition.
Safe Lifting Procedures
- 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.
- Have firm footing and make sure the standing surface that you are on is not slippery.
- Determine the best way to hold the load using handles, gripping areas or special lifting tools. Get a firm grip on the load.
- Keep your back straight by tucking your chin in.
- Tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your legs.
- Lift the load slowly.
- Hold the load as close to the body as possible; be sure you position the load close to the body before lifting.
- Do not twist during your lift or when moving the load. Turn with your feet rather than your back.
- Set the load down gently, using your legs and keeping your back as straight as possible.
- Ask for help if you need it and use lifting tools and devices whenever they are available.
- Maintain good housekeeping standards.
- Put tools in their proper place.
- Keep the work area free from slipping/ tripping hazards.
- Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job.
- Stop work if something distracts you.
- Do NOT use your hand to clear jams or blockages, use an appropriate tool.
- All injuries, even if slight, must be reported to the shop technician immediately.
- Check with the technician or one of the other mentors if you have any questions. "When in doubt. Don't do it."
- A first aid kit should be on-hand at all times.