Friday, October 21, 2016

Health and Safety rules

(Specific ones will be provided before using each tool and machine).

  1. NO "horseplay" or "fooling around" is permitted. Do not run in the workshop, you could ‘bump’ into another pupil and cause an accident.
  2. Bags should not be brought into the workshop are as people can trip over them so, leave them in the table area.
  3. 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.
  4. Too much noise makes people irritable and aggressive and interrupts concentration. Try to work quietly.
  1. 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.
  2. Long hair must be tied back when working in the workshop.
  3. Don't wear necklaces, rings or loose-fitting clothes - they may get caught in the machines.
  4. Keep your hands clean and dry.
  1. Tools can be dangerous. Never play with them. The greatest hazards posed by hand tools result from misuse and improper maintenance.
  2. 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.
  3. Use the right tools for the right task.
  4. 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).
  5. Keep hands away from moving/rotating machinery.
  6. Use hand tools carefully, keeping both hands behind the cutting edge.
  7. Put your tools away while you are not using them.
  8. Clean all equipment and return it to the storage area before leaving the workshop area. 
Obey signs. There are four types of signs:
  • Mandatory
  • Danger (hazard)
  • First aid and emergency
  • Prohibition
  1. 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.
  2. While working, ask the teacher again if you have any doubts.
  3. Always be patient, never rush in the workshop.
  4. Report any accident or injury to the teacher immediately (cuts, dust in your eyes, burns...).

More information:
Hand and Power tools.

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