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Safe working practices.

Here are a few points that it is important to consider when working in a workshop, particularly one that has machinery in it.
General safety.
1. Use your common sense.
2. Ask if in any doubt.
3. Always use the correct tool for the job.
4. Replace tools that are worn or damaged.
5. Keep tools and equipment in racks or on a work table when not in use.
6. Keep gangways and machine areas clear.

1. Do not Run in the workshop.
2. Do not throw things about.
8. Do not touch any equipment or machine unless authorised to do so.
4. Do not Walk away and leave your machine running.
5. Do not Direct compressed air at yourself or your work mates,
It can kill.

1. Keep the machine clean and in good condition.
2. Ensure that you know how to stop your machine before you start it.
3. Switch off the machine immediately anything goes wrong.
4. Keep machine and the surrounding area tidy.
5. Check oil levels before starting the machine at the start of the day.
6. Check the direction of the chuck rotation before starting a machine.
7. Replace any worn nuts and bolts etc.
8. Switch off the machine at the mains at the end of the day.
9. Remove chuck key immediately after use or if you leave a machine un-attended.

1. Do not Fool about on a machine.
2. Do not operate a machine unless you fully understand it.
3. Do not change the speed or direction of the spindle while the machine is in motion.
4. Do not mount or use cracked or damaged tools.
5. Do not tamper with the machine.

1. Report any accident, no matter how small.
2. Wear safety glasses.
3. Wear safety shoes.
4. Use barrier creams provided.
5. Wear your overalls buttoned up.
6. Roll sleeves up or button the cuffs.
7. Keep hair short or wear a cap.
8. Make sure all guards are in position before starting machines.
9. Check that the work area is clear before starting a machine.
10. Make sure that everything is secure before starting a machine.
11. Make sure that the feed mechanism is in neutral before starting a machine.
12. Be careful of burrs and sharp edges.
13. Always use the correct size spanner.
14. Make sure hammerheads are not loose.
15. Stand clear when lifting things by crane.

1. Do not wear rings and bracelets. If you wear a ring put some tape around it.
2. Do not keep sharp tool in your pockets (scribers etc. ).
3. Do not remove guards unless the machine is stopped.
4. Do not wash hands in coolant.
5. Do not remove swarf with bare hands, use a brush or hook.
6. Do not manually lift heavy equipment.
7. Do not touch revolving chucks or work pieces.
8. Do not use cracked or chipped tools.
9. Do not use files or scrapers without handles.
10. Do not lean on machines when they are going.
11. Do not distract the operator when using a machine.
12. Do not attempt to remove a job or feed a bar into a machine until you are sure that it is at rest and the power is off.
13. Do not use a chuck with jaws protruding beyond its diameter.
14. Do not use emery cloth on revolving work.

This does seem to be a very long list, much of it you would do without thinking about it and much of it may not apply to you, but none the less where it does apply take notice of it.
As the person in charge of the department it is up to you to make sure that your staff know the rules you have laid down.
Make notices that can be displayed in the right places.

Another matter which should be taken seriously is the question of fire safety.
To prevent fires breaking out it is important that the place is kept clean, wood dust, for example, could be ignited by a stray spark.
Welding and brazing should only be done in an area that is set up for it including screens to prevent arc welding glare reaching people without eye protection, if you are exposed to arc welding glare without eye protection you can get what is called welders eye, apparently very painful and like having sand in your eyes.
There should be fire extinguishers available, a hose for water and buckets of sand. Your staff should be shown which fire extinguisher to use for what type of fire.
If there are fire exits from your workshop, which there should be, do not obstruct them with anything.
If you are able to get smoke detectors do so.
Makes sure your staff know what to do in the event of a fire.
Check the workshop before you leave at the end of the day.

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