Power Tool Safety Hints & Tips To Keep You Safe
There are basic safety procedures that must be adhered to while using power tools. For example, if you are using a grinder, make sure that you are wearing a pair of safety glasses or goggles. A tiny fragment of metal or debris could get into your eye, without suitable eye protection.
Another good starting point is to read the manufacturers manual, if you are at all unsure as to how the equipment operates or how to change settings. Take notice of the type of blade or drill you are working with and resist temptation to try to save time by using the wrong blade or drill. It is dangerous to try to drill into brickwork using a wood drill, for example.
Take care and stay focused, while operating power tools. Do not allow yourself to become distracted.
Ensure you are aware of the location you are working in, keep an eye out for potential accidents that could happen; an example could be if you are on a ladder behind a closed door – either lock the door or leave a sign on the door handle.
A lot of safety boils down to common sense.
Never use power tools while under the influence of alcohol.
If you are feeling very tired, take a break. Certain prescription medications can cause you to become drowsy, so check the information on the bottle or packaging.
Basic Power Tool Safety Suggestions
Working with sharp objects, such as sheet metal it’s best to wear gloves. The same applies if you are working with metal that can become hot. Ensure the gloves are the correct type. You’ll need different ones for handling hot metals compared to dealing with chemicals.
If you are working in a dusty environment using routers or sanding or using paints or chemicals then a respirator is advisable. The bare minimum recommended would be a face mask.
Another safety must, has to be earplugs or earmuffs for people working in a noisy workplace.
There are plenty other bits of kit to consider, including safety boots, hard hats, face visors and more which can be found here
One very important thing that you must have is a first aid kit. This is just in case you do have a minor mishap and require a plaster or some other first aid supplies.
Keep your safety gear and workwear updated, don’t scrimp on cost or sacrifice quality in order to save a couple of bucks here and there. An accident could leave you facing possible medical bills or suffering a loss of earnings, which more often than not are more costly in money terms than the initial outlay for your safety gear.