YOUR GUIDE TO WORKSHOP SAFETY
HOME WORKSHOPS ARE FULL OF POTENTIAL – FOR CREATIVITY AND CATASTROPHE. HERE'S A HOW-TO MANUAL FOR WORKSHOP SAFETY.
Know the risks.
338,932 individuals treated in hospital emergency rooms in one year due to injuries associated with home workshop tools, apparatus and attachments. (1)
Injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in 2012 were due to:
84,855 hand or power saws (2)
34,170 hammers (3)
23,719 grinders, buffers and polishers (4)
17,062 welding, soldering and cutting tools (5)
Around 3% of patients treated in hospital emergency departments due to tool-related injuries were children 5 and younger. (6)
Safety glasses or goggles.
Ear plugs or muffs.
Closed-toe shoes or boots.
Hair pulled back.
No loose clothing or jewelry.
Equip your workspace.
Classic ABC fire extinguisher that can put out fires caused by:
A: combustible materials
B: flammable liquids
C: electrical equipment
Face shield for working with grinding or cutting tools
Clamps to steady projects so you can work with both hands
Dust masks and respirators
First-aid kit with hydrogen peroxide, eye wash solution, tweezers, bandages
Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
Push sticks to keep fingers and hands away from blades on saws, routers and other cutting tools
Arrange it carefully.
1. Make sure the area is well-let with overhead and task lighting.
2. Save instruction manuals and store them in a designated place.
3. Avoid overloading shelves and keep them properly supported.
4. Keep electric power tools away from water.
5. Install outlets every six feet around the room to eliminate extension cords.
6. Store combustible or flammable items away from heat sources and spark-producing tools.
Keep it clean. Sweep up sawdust and mop up spills to help reduce the risk of falls.
Use tools safely.
5 general tool rules (outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
1. Keep tools in good condition with regular maintenance.
2. Use tools only for their intended.
3. Examine tools for damage before use.
4. Operate tools according to the Manufacturers' instructions.
Get more tips from State Farm for using hand tools.
Practice caution with kids.
Wait until children are 12 or older before letting them into the workshop, and let them help you only with manual tools.
Always stay close to your kids, and lock up tools when you're not using them.
1 United States Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2012 Annual Report to the President and Congress; http://www.cpsc.gov
2-4 National Safety Council; Injury Facts 2014 Edition; http://www.nsc.org
5 United States Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2012 NEISS Data Highlights; http://www.cpsc.gov
6 United States Consumer Product Safety Commission; 2012 Annual Report to the President and Congress; http://www.cpsc.gov
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