It is crucial to remember that the most important asset in your shop is yourself.
Too often we craftsmen can become negligent of ourselves on the job,14 Rules to Keep Your Woodshop Running Smooth Articles forgetting that we are our the most important, most essential machines in the shop. Be smart and consider your safety and the safety of others as you work. Follow these few steps to maintain a positive and safe work environment for yourself, for others, and for your tools as well:
Above all things, be smart and be prepared. Most precautionary/preventative measures fall only as subcategories to this one element. Always remember to use your brain more than any other tool in the shop.
1.)Think things through: Knowing what you’re doing before you do it makes everything exponentially easier. Remember, especially, to think before you cut. Knowing your cuts and movements around the blade before you make them can be the difference between and smooth cut and a lost finger.
— Don’t operate power tools if you are sick or otherwise impaired (i.e. on medication or alcohol).
2.) Know your equipment – and know how to use it: It’s vital that craftsmen know their tools and the right ways to use them – too often craftsmen damage materials or harm themselves because they’ve used their equipment improperly. Read your operators manuals and become familiar with your tools, their applications, and safety precautions. Be familiar with your surroundings, and always be alert in the shop.
— While not engaged, tools should remain unplugged and always in the ‘off’ position.
— If handling a disengaged tool that is plugged in, always carry it by its handle, keep your body away from sharp objects, and away from the on/off switch.