Here are some important safety guidelines to keep in mind when working in shop environments:
- Only authorized personnel should be allowed to use shop equipment. Unauthorized individuals should not be allowed in shop areas.
- Secure the area when no one is present. Never leave a machine in operation while it is unattended.
- Make sure all emergency equipment, such as first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, and emergency lighting, is checked on a monthly basis.
- Periodically check the condition of all hand tools, portable power tools, and larger shop equipment.
- Make sure all parts washers and cleaning vats are safe to use. Check ventilation and fusible links on the self-closing covers.
- Be sure to follow good housekeeping practices. Clean up spills immediately; keep walkways/stairs free of tripping hazards; store oily rags in a covered metal container and empty it nightly; remove excess cutting oils and filings from shop machinery; keep all tools in the proper place; and mark any broken tools for repair.
- Never wear jewelry or loose clothing around rotating machinery. Also, keep long hair tied back.
- Always use proper procedures when utilizing lockout/tagout.
KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.