These are some GENERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY RULES:
(Specific ones will be provided before using each tool and machine).
- NO "horseplay" or "fooling around" is permitted. Do not run in the workshop, you could ‘bump’ into another pupil and cause an accident.
- Bags should not be brought into the workshop are as people can trip over them so, leave them in the table area.
- Avoid Distractions. Distractions are a part of everyday life. When you are distracted while in the middle of performing an action with a power tool, remember to always finish the cut or the solder to a safe conclusion before dealing with the distraction. Taking your attention away from the working tool is a recipe for disaster.
- Too much noise makes people irritable and aggressive and interrupts concentration. Try to work quietly.
- Always wear safety equipment and wear appropiate clothing. Safety goggles, gloves etc., should be worn due to hazards that may be encountered while using tools.
- Long hair must be tied back when working in the workshop.
- Don't wear necklaces, rings or loose-fitting clothes - they may get caught in the machines.
- Keep your hands clean and dry.
- Tools can be dangerous. Never play with them. The greatest hazards posed by hand tools result from misuse and improper maintenance.
- Find out how to use each type of tool, equipment and machine correctly before you start. Don't work with tools, equipment or materials you don't know how to use.
- Use the right tools for the right task.
- Make sure tools are in perfect condition before you use them (check they aren't broken, the handles are secure and that safety elements are in place).
- Keep hands away from moving/rotating machinery.
- Use hand tools carefully, keeping both hands behind the cutting edge.
- Put your tools away while you are not using them.
- Clean all equipment and return it to the storage area before leaving the workshop area.
Obey signs. There are four types of signs:
- Danger (hazard)
- First aid and emergency
- Always listen carefully to the teachers (Rosa and Kostyn) and follow instructions. When learning how to use a machine, listen very carefully to all the instructions given by the teachers. Ask questions, especially if you do not fully understand.
- While working, ask the teacher again if you have any doubts.
- Always be patient, never rush in the workshop.
- Report any accident or injury to the teacher immediately (cuts, dust in your eyes, burns...).
Hand and Power tools.