Workshop activities come with a set of risks. Each and every one working at workshops should always follow strict safety measures, to avoid accidents. You can start by educating and training yourself as to the proper use of all the tools and equipment in the workshop. Never use hazardous tools when you are too tired or emotionally upset.
Always remove jewellery and loose clothing when you are about to start work. Make sure your long hair is covered. Check if you are wearing all your protective gear such as; masks, eye protectors, ear protectors against loud noises, safety shoes etc. Hydrate yourself and take frequent breaks. Don’t let your self be over tired. That is a potential cause for accidents. Oil or grease that has been spilt should be cleaned immediately.
Machines should be operated by individuals, only after the head technician considers they are capable of and are well trained in handling the particular machine. Everyone working close to machines and tools should have a thorough knowledge of, not only how the machine works, but also the dangers they could bring about and any precautions that should be taken. Even the most commonly used tools can be of great danger if used the wrong way. One such example is the air-powered/ battery operated grease gun, which is a commonly used tool for lubrication.
Both air powers and battery operated grease guns are very powerful tools that work with high pressure. If the needle accidently punctures the skin, it is able to pump grease up until the wrist. These types of accidents require immediate medical attention. The grease nipple should always be cleaned and the grease gun should contain a protective cover. Thorough knowledge about all tools and the accidents they can cause, will prevent many such unfavourable situations.
The workshop should have ample of lighting. All tools should be neatly stored with clear labels to make sure the correct tools are used. It is also important to see if the tools are being properly cleaned and replaced. There shouldn’t be any bags or other obstacles lying on the ground where they do not belong. A simple fall while carrying a sharp tool can be very dangerous. A good knowledge of first-aid is a must. All workshops should have a first aid box that is able to treat minor injuries. Fire extinguisher should be tactically placed. Water should never be poured to put off a fire that is caused by oil or grease, as it could make it worse. An emergency phone line number must be boldly displayed to be used in case of emergency.