I just released an episode on The Green Woodworker Podcast titled “Shop Safety”. I wanted to share that blog post here also.
Shop safety is so important and relevant no matter the medium in which you work. Please remember to think about things before you do them and if you are tired or rushing around, then stop! This is when the chance of being injured is more likely.
Shop safety is very important and often overlooked. I wanted to take a few minutes and give a few ideas of what I believe are 7 of “the must have” safety items in your workshop. You can click each item below and go to an link for the products I use and recommend.
*You can also print this as a PDF and nail it to your shop wall!
Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think. Also share you shop safety must have items.
7 Must Have Shop Safety Items:
1.) Fire Extinguisher– Everyone’s shop is different but a great multi-purpose fire extinguisher, rated Class A, B, and C fires and is is UL rated 1-A:10-B:C is suitable for use on most common household fires. Preventing fires by using safe practices is always the best first option.
2.) First Aid Kit– Having a first aid kit means you won’t have to search for needed supplies in the event of a cut or other accidental issue.
3.) Safety Glasses– Eye protection is one of the most important items I see overlooked in most shops. People will protect their ears and lungs but forget about their eyes. Safety glasses are a non-negotiable item!
4.) Hearing Protection– It sure is great to hear the sounds of nature, kids playing or your favorite music. If you’d like to continue hearing these things, I highly suggest using some form of hearing protection. While standard earplugs or over the ear headphones work perfectly, I prefer IsoTunes brand noise-isolating earbuds.
5.) Gloves: Leather and Nitrile– While I don’t suggest wearing gloves using most machines, I do suggest you wear them to protect your hands when dealing with chemicals (nitrile) and other nasty task. Splinters and cuts on your hands can really slow down a good productive day in the shop.
6.) Respiratory Protection- Breathing is a pretty important part of staying alive. So when in the shop it’s very important to wear a good quality respirator and if possible, have overhead air filtration and of course dust collection.
7.) Footwear- While I know it’s pretty fashionable to wear flip-flops in the shop, I highly recommend you don’t. Your feet are an important part of getting around easily and leaving them exposed to things like dropped chisels or chunks of wood just doesn’t sound fun to me. Cover them up with a quality shoe that’s comfortable.