”Supposing is good, but finding out is better.”
- Mark Twain
Dont wait for an accident to occur before finding out what safety features are available to you. Here is Toolup.com’s quick sweep of safety gear, that when required, should always be worn on the worksite. In case of emergency everyone should find out if their employer has each of the following items available and easily accessible. Also, don’t just leave it up to your employer, but keep your own set of emergency equipment handy in your truck or workshop. Listed are seven items that should be on everyone’s emergency checkoff list.
- Keep a stocked first-aid kit nearby at all times. First aid kits like the Pack Kit Safety 6155 3-Shelf Industrial Station can be mounted on walls. It comes equipped with a door pouch, a carrying handle, and contains all required items from ANSI Z308.1-2009.
- Post emergency numbers, including the national Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) by each phone.
- Learn how to use a fire extinguisher and have one installed in your workshop.
- Always wear goggles, ear plugs, masks, hard hats and safety vests.The OK-1 OK-SVLM L ANSI Class II Surveyor Vest is a good choice for safety when working at night and when reflective clothing is required.
- Do not wear any loose or dangling clothing or jewelry that could become caught in moving parts while you work.
- Keep work area clean and free of clutter.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions and warnings on tools, power equipment and building instructions.
- Always use heavy duty extension cords for power tool work.
- Remember to unplug the power cord before you do any trouble-shooting on a tool that is jammed or won’t start.
- Never walk away from a plugged-in-power tool, even for a few minutes.
- Dry off oil rags outside before disposing of them, and then dispose of them in a metal trash can..
- Use gasoline as motor fuel only, and never use vaporous chemicals indoors, as fumes can often be noxious and vapors flammable.
- Make sure that you follow manufacturers instructions and OSHA regulated safety standards when disposing of chemicals as some can be self combustible.