Shop Safety Handout - Shop Safety The single most important...

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Shop Safety The single most important issue in the workshop/Lab is safety. The primary objective of all people that use the student shops must be to uphold safety in the student shops. You should familiarize yourself with the basic safety parameters of any space when you enter it. Determine where the exits are, how they work, and whether or not they are obstructed. Find out where the emergency assembly point is in case the building needs to be evacuated. Locate the phone, fire extinguisher, and first aid kit before you need them. The shop is a more hazardous environment than people are used to. When you enter the shop, you should make a conscious effort to adjust mentally and physically to the increased hazards around you. Consult the safety rules below to adjust yourself to existence in a shop environment. Take the time to learn how to safely operate each tool you need to use. Once you know how to use a tool safely, scrupulously/carefully follow safe procedures. Beware that familiarity can breed contempt. Be careful to think through each operation before you execute it. Use your common sense. Do not do things that seem unsafe. The shop staff is here to help you safely use the shop. However, they cannot be everywhere at once. People using the shop must take responsibility for the safe use of the facility. If you are unsure of the proper method to do something, wait until a staff member can give you guidance. If you notice an unsafe condition in the shop, fix it or bring it to the attention of the staff. If you think someone is using the equipment unsafely, suggest a safer
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alternative or bring their activities to the attention of the shop staff. General Safety Rules The rules listed below apply to all people doing work in the shop. They are not all encompassing; most shop areas and machines have specific safety rules that relate to their use. These ten rules are a good general guide to safe use of the facility. 1) Never work alone. When you are working in the shops you must have a second adult present who is capable of rendering assistance in case of an accident. That second person must be able to see you while you are working, and get to you in case you need help. Accidents do happen. You need to have a second person present so that if you become unable to help yourself, the second person can render aid and contact outside help.
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2) Never work when you are impaired . This includes times when you are too tired, stressed, or otherwise inhibited from exercising appropriate caution in the shop. Do not enter the shop when you are under the influence of any intoxicants or medications that might make you drowsy or alter your ability to be alert to reality. Do not use the shop when you are too frantic/worried to think clearly and carefully. Try to avoid last minute shop work in favor of a consistent weekly effort. Deadline- driven haste can lead to ruined projects and/or serious injuries. Do not use the shop if you are wearing a cast or bandage
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2011 for the course BBENG KUEU4132 taught by Professor Dr.lim during the Spring '10 term at University of Malaya.

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