Safety First: Top Tips For the Workshop

Safety should always be the top priority in the workplace. Everything else should take a step back when it comes to keeping workers and visitors safe all the time. Accidents can cause injuries and harm to employees and can also disrupt work and production, which will mean that a business will lose time and money.

Safety should be prioritised even more in workshops because those places of work are very prone to accidents.

Employees should be briefed extensively when it comes to safety practices and precautions. There are cases when accidents still occur despite the precautions taken.

The workshop should have adequate provisions for dealing with accidents such as first aid kits. Alsco has a complete line of first aid kits that can improve the ability of your workplace to deal with injuries caused by accidents.

A workshop is filled with power tools and the use of these tools can pose danger. Some workers tend to disregard the proper way of using the tools when working.

Here are some safety tips for the workshop. These tips can help in decreasing the chances of an accident, but they are not to be considered as replacements for actual safety or first aid training for employees.

Tip#1- Keep it Clean, Keep it Orderly

The first safety tip for the workshop is to keep it organised and clean. Some of the hazards that can cause tripping are scattered objects. Make sure that nothing gets in the way which can hurt the people who are working.

Combustible materials can become fire hazards if they are not stored properly. Combustible materials should be stored in areas with proper ventilation. Any spills or mess made while working should be cleaned immediately.

Tip#2 -Proper Training

There are plenty of power tools that are used in the workshop. Anyone who will be handling the tools should be properly trained first. Anyone who is not trained in using a tool should never handle it and, in fact, should stay away from it. They can use some machines as long as there is a trained personnel present who can supervise them.

Tip#3 -Mark the Switches

The switches for the machines should be clearly marked to make them easy to spot during emergencies. Workers need to have easy access to it so they can turn off the switch. The switches should be clearly marked so there can be no confusion.

Tip#4 – Proper Grooming

Workers who will be using power tools need to wear the right kind of clothes when working.  They should not wear loose clothes that can get caught in the moving parts of the machines. If loose clothing is inevitable, it should be tucked to avoid any potential hazards.

Steel-toe boots are preferable as they can provide protection from falling objects. Hair should be tied and tucked in to prevent them from being caught in any of the machines.

Tip#5 -Adequate Lighting

Lighting is an often neglected aspect of workplace safety. An adequately lit workplace means that workers can see what they are doing properly and there is less chance of an accident taking place. The workshop should have enough overhead lights.

Apart from the overhead lights, each machine should also have its own small light, especially those that require intricate and highly detailed work.

Workers should never work in dimly lit spaces. It is okay to work using natural light, the only problem is that the amount of sunlight that is available in an area would vary during different periods of the day.

Tip#6 -No Foods and Drinks

The workshop must be free from foods and drinks. Workers should not be allowed to eat or drink in the work area. Spilled food and drinks on machinery can cause damage and even result in electrocution.

This can easily be avoided by banning foods and drinks in the work area.  There should be a designated pantry where workers can take their break and eat.

Tip#7 – Maintenance of Tools

Power tools require regular maintenance so they can work properly. Neglecting the maintenance of these tools could result in poor performance and can even become hazards to the users. Pneumatic tools, for example, need to be lubricated on a regular basis.

Tip#8 – Proper Shut Down

When performing maintenance of power tools, workers should make sure that it is properly turned off first. For pneumatic tools, one also needs to make sure that the air supply is disconnected and turned off. The user should also bleed the air pressure.

Tip#9 – Hearing and Eye Protection

Most of the tools that are used in the workplace are very loud and continuous exposure to the noises produced by those tools can result in loss of hearing.

Workers should wear hearing protection whenever they are using power tools. Workers should also wear eye protection whenever they are using power tools, in case debris is launched from the tool.

Pneumatic tools use air compressors in order to function properly. A rusty air compressor tank can be very dangerous as it can cause an explosion inside the workshop. Make sure that it is drained it daily after every use. The tank should have a drain valve at the bottom.

Tip#11 – No Jokes

Practical jokes and fooling around should be discouraged while inside the workshop. In fact, this kind of behaviour should be strictly prohibited. The types of reckless behaviour usually seen during pranks and horseplay would needlessly increase the risk of accident in the workplace.

The safety tips enumerated here can help in reducing the chances of a serious accident in the workplace, but nothing would beat keeping your staff trained properly for dealing with potential hazards.

Because the workshop is a very busy place with so many things going on at the same time, there is always the chance that accidents can happen, no matter what precautions are taken. Your workplace should be properly equipped to deal with those situations.

Contact Alsco now, to find out more about their first kits that are specifically designed for use in the workplace, including the workshop.

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