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SHOP SAFETY: YOUR PERSONAL PROTECTION



In this section, you will find the following subsections:

putting your POWER EQUIPMENT to work
THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE gear
watching your BACK

PUTTING YOUR POWER EQUIPMENT TO WORK:

Remember the following things as you get your power equipment oiled and greased and ready to go:

A)Familiarize yourself with operation instructions before you crank up any piece of power equipment; be sure you understand how to STOP the machine or its ENGINE in an emergency!

B)Before powering on a piece of self propelled power equipment, be sure that transmission is in NEUTRAL and the BRAKES locked.

SAFETY TIP: to prevent machine from accidentally starting as you perform maintenance work on it, as a precaution PULL SPARK PLUG WIRE, especially if model possesses an electric start.

C)Guards and safety shields are intended to protect hands, feet, and eyes while machine is being used. They should never be removed.

TIP: for ultimate safety, be certain that any guards or safety shields are in place and functional before you power on a machine.

D)If you can avoid it, do not operate machinery or power equipment while wearing LOOSE clothing or DANGLING jewelry; carefully watch loose sleeves, oversized pant legs, and anything else that could catch in moving machine parts.

E)Never loosen a STUCK blade or attempt to make other blade adjustments while machine is running.

F)Kids are wonderful! But KEEP them at safe distance while you are working with power equipment.

TIP: occasionally we invite customers into our work areas while equipment is being repaired, an unavoidable part of the business. If the same is true of your shop, post signs around alerting lay persons to the dangerous machinery and other hazards they may encounter.

G)Mufflers and exhaust systems of machinery become SCALDING hot during operation. Keep body parts away from these areas while engine is running; allow plenty of time for cooling after engine has been shut down if maintenance must be performed.


THE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING SEAL:

Here are some shop related housekeeping measures that would win over even Martha Stewart:

A)Keep workbenches and work areas clean, AND well organized.

DANGER: never allow combustible debris like paper, cardboard, rags, etc. to accumulate around WORKBENCHES; you will not find a worse fire hazard anyplace!

B)When you need to use flammable liquids, pour out only a sufficient amount to complete job in question. When job is finished, DISPOSE of anything left over immediately.

Likewise you should clean up spills from workbenches and floors at once; this is true of flammable solutions, and ALSO OF WATER, which on slick cement floors of a shop can cause hazardous falls.

SAFETY TIP: if hazardous or flammable material spills happen in your shop on regular basis, stock up on cleanup gear like absorbency pads, etc. so that they are never lacking in an emergency. Also keep on hand equipment like goggles, rubber gloves, and aprons to protect people when cleanups must be undertaken.

C)Sweep floors daily to reduce buildups of dirt, dust, and lint. These can make surfaces slippery, and be potential fire hazards.

D)Store your flammable liquids in a COOL, DRY, well VENTILATED location where temperatures hover between roughly 65 and 95 degrees F.

Perfect storage areas are not always available. However try to AVOID STORING flammable liquids or chemicals where they are subject to direct sunlight or heat, OR high humidity.

TIP: monitor storage areas to catch leaks, or corroding caps or containers, before they become a serious safety issue, or require messy cleanup.

E)Be sure hazardous materials and flammable liquids are labeled right. ORIGINAL CONTAINERS are usually not a problem. Take special care to properly label any liquid or substance you have TRANSFERRED from its original container to another.

F)Place oil pan under any motor or machine that leaks fluid, regardless of what fluid is! This will make work area safer, and cleanups much MUCH easier.

SAFETY TIP: separate the waste products like rags and work clothes that have been saturated by flammable liquids or solvents from other clean(or unsaturated) wastes. Always place waste products saturated by flammable liquids in tightly lidded fire safe cans.

DID YOU KNOW: that liquids with flash point of 1400 degrees F or less are considered hazardous liquids by the EPA, and must be handled AND disposed of properly? This includes all liquids contaminated with grease or oils, cleaning solvents, or degreasing agents!

Do not POUR these liquids down a drain or DUMP them out onto the ground. Should you ever be caught doing this, the fines are pretty STEEP.

GUIDELINES FOR THE HANDLING AND DISPOSAL: of hazardous wastes are promulgated by the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act(RCRA). Keep in mind also that local restrictions of an area can modify or supersede federal regulations!

For specific information regarding any waste product, visit the RCRA website at:

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/inforesources/online/index.htm

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR:

REMEMBER: to use dust masks, safety glasses, gloves, aprons, and protective footwear whenever appropriate.

Here are a few other ideas to keep in mind about protective gear in the workplace:

A)It is best to leave your contacts(lenses) at home if you work in especially dirty or dusty conditions, OR in the presence of heavy chemical fumes. Any of these conditions can cause significant eye irritation when contacts are used.

IT IS IMPORTANT: to remember that contacts do not shield eyes from debris or splashes anyway. They should NEVER be substituted for safety goggles or face shields while work is being performed.

B)If you expect to be exposed to chemical fumes or other breathing irritants in workplace, be sure you have DUST MASKS handy. Respirators like those used in the PAINTING BOOTHS of autobody shops should be donned anytime chemical vapors are rampant enough to affect breathing.

C)Wear earplugs or headsets in noisy areas, and around loud machinery or tools.

HOW CAN YOU CAN TELL: if your work area is loud enough to warrant ear protection? If someone is within three feet of you and you are unable to engage him or her in conversation without shouting, the environment is TOO LOUD.

D)If you are working around MASSIVE or HEAVY objects that have potential to slip or fall accidentally, wear steel toed shoes or workboots!

E)If you are dipping parts into bins of chemical cleaner, be sure you ALWAYS use gloves, gauntlets or protective sleeves, and a face mask or goggles.

WATCHING YOUR BACK:

DID YOU KNOW: that back injuries cost our economy roughly $35 billion dollars annually in lost wages, medical charges, production slowdowns, and administrative fees?

BUSH LEAGUE handling techniques lead to more than just injuries to the back. They can damage joints, muscles, feet and hands, PLUS your tools and equipment. The following tips can lessen the grunt and grind of your workplace lifting:

A)Do not try to lift amounts of weight that exceed your capacity.

EVERYBODY KNOWS: that the strength of person doing the lifting impacts how much weight can be moved safely; the size and shape of a load can also impact how easy it is for one person to lift.

FOR MOST SITUATIONS: a good rule of thumb is to seek assistance anytime your load EXCEEDS 50 lbs.

B)Be sure that if you are hefting a bulky or heavy load, you clear a path from pick up to drop off in advance. Navigating an obstacle course with a load IN YOUR ARMS is a great way to get injured.

C)It is never a bad idea to wear gloves for protection and enhanced grip when transferring heavy objects.

D)When preparing to lift a substantial load, be sure you are able to stand flush against it; in other words do not attempt lifting anything heavy from an awkward distance.

TIP: as you raise and lower a heavy load, be sure to squat or BEND FROM THE KNEES, not from the waist!

E)Lift smoothly, not in spurts or jerks.

REMEMBER: that if you cannot lift load smoothly, it is probably unsafe to try transferring it alone.

F)Never twist from waist to transfer load from one place to another. Move your feet so that entire body swivels, AND THEN deposit load.

SAFETY TIP: it is a good idea to get the assistance of another person whenever you need to lift a heavy or awkward load onto a PLATFORM or SHELF higher than your waist.

G)If they are available, make use of hand trucks, carts, or dollies when you need to transfer large loads across any significant distance.

HERE IS ANOTHER SOUND IDEA: when you are lifting boxes or parts, wear a back support belt just as you would if you were LIFTING WEIGHTS at a gym!



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