Workshops & Home Improvement Safety

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Accidents don’t just -happen- they have causes and the causes can usually be removed. By working and acting with safety in mind you can prevent many accidents so it is up to you to develop safe habits and not be tempted by unsafe short cuts. Remember these points and your workshop will be a much safer place.

  1. Wear the right clothes for the job. They should be close-fitting and protective, including hard shoes, protective work gloves, a safety (hard) hat if appropriate. Suitable goggles or a face shield should always protect eyes. All welding jobs should be properly screened as weld flash can do serious damage to unprotected eyes.
  2. Guard against fires. Keep workshop clean, and clear of sawdust, wood shavings, rags and debris, which could be a fire hazard. Make a habit of sweeping up after every job and deposit all rubbish and sweepings in a closed metal bin. Do not use sawdust to catch oil drippings. Keep a small portable fire extinguisher in an easily accessible place.
  3. Provide adequate ventilation. Installing a good exhaust fan is recommended. When using toxic chemicals or working with dust or fumes, wear a suitable dust filter or protective facemask. If using a respirator, make sure it is right for the job and thoroughly cleaned after use. Check with your supplier as to the type of protection needed for a particular job.
  4. Lighting must be adequate. A good guide is to provide around UW for each square metre of workspace. An extra working light over the bench is helpful for safe working. As well the workshop walls could be painted white or a light colour to reflect additional light.
  5. Fit a stout lock on the door, such as a padlock, for safety and security.
  6. Keep children out of the area and never let them play in the workshop. Don’t encourage visitors while you are working, as they will distract your concentration.
  7. Keep a first aid kit handy.

Materials you’ll need:

  • Protective clothing
  • Goggles or suitable face mask
  • Closed metal rubbish bin
  • Exhaust fan
  • Padlock
  • First aid kit

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