A machine shop is where all the machine work is done. All machine components made of raw material like wood, metal, plastic, etc. are made here. There are also different equipment and tools, all that functions differently. For this reason, safety is key in this kind of setup. Safety measure ensures that there are minimal accidents and the safety of the workers in the shop is maintained. Injuries like deep cuts, burns, electric shock, etc. can occur if safety measures are not in place. Here, you will learn more on how to ensure safety measures are maintained in a machine shop.
Before shifting to what to be done and what to be avoided in a machine shop, let start with a first aid kit. Accidents can happen even after ensuring all measures are in place. Some are clearly inevitable. For a fast first aid attention when an accident occurs in a machine shop, there should be an equipped first aid kit. With a first aid kit in place, the people around the shop can be able to attend to the injured person, even if they are non-medics before help arrives. The kit should include all essentials for first aid like pain killers, bandages, sterilized blades, disposable gloves, etc. The machine shop management should ensure that everyone receives first aid training to learn how to handle emergency cases.
There should be instructions with symbols if need be, strategically placed where everyone can be able to see and read. The guidelines should indicate what to do and what not to do in the machine shop. It should indicate what to do in case of an emergency like a fire or any other accident. Instructions should also indicate what to do in case of any eventualities like power problems, where machines should be stopped to avoid breakdowns.
Machine shops should be well lit for enough air circulation. An emergency door should be provided and placed in a location accessible to everyone. It is also important to allocate space outside the machine shop as a fire assembly point for people to gather in such cases and account for everyone there and who is not there.
When it comes to the mode of dressing, it should be clearly stated and emphasized. Any loose garment should not be worn inside the machine shop to avoid getting stuck in machines and equipment when moving around or incidences where the garment catches fire. When it comes to footwear, open shoes or sandals should not be worn in a machine shop. We have the right protective clothing for any machine workshop. This includes protective overalls and safety boots for protection to the entire body. For the eyes, one should use the safety goggles to prevent from any foreign particles, and a protective helmet to be worn on the head to protect from falling objects. For the hands, workers should use protective gloves to prevent cuts and hard chemicals.