Machine Shop Safety
- Safety Glasses
EVERYONE MUST WEAR SAFETY GLASSES IN THE SHOP.
Even when you're not working on a machine, you must wear safety glasses. A
chip from a machine someone else is working on could fly into your eye.
- Clothes and Hair
Check your clothes and hair before you walk into the shop. In particular:
- IF YOU HAVE LONG HAIR
OR A LONG BEARD (!), TIE IT UP.
If your hair is caught in spinning machinery, it will be pulled out if
you're lucky. If you're unlucky, you will be pulled into the machine.
- NO LOOSE CLOTHING.
Ties, loose scarves, loose sleeves, etc. are prohibited
- NO GLOVES
- REMOVE JEWELERY
- WEAR APPROPRIATE SHOES
No open toed sandals. Wear shoes that give a sure footing. If you are
working with heavy objects, steel toes are recommended.
- Safe Conduct in the Shop
Beware of what's going on around you. For example, be careful not to bump
into someone while they're cutting with the bandsaw (they could lose a
Concentrate on what you're doing. If you get tired, leave.
Don't hurry. If you catch yourself rushing, slow down.
Don't rush speeds and feeds. You'll end up damaging your part, the tools,
and maybe the machine itself.
Listen to the machine. If something doesn't sound right, turn the machine
Don't let someone else talk you into doing something dangerous.
Don't attempt to measure a part that's moving.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO SOMETHING, ASK!
BEFORE YOU START THE MACHINE:
- Study the machine.
Know which parts move, which are stationary, and which are sharp.
- Double check that your
work piece is securely held.
- Remove chuck keys and
DO NOT LEAVE MACHINES RUNNING UNATTENDED!
CLEAN UP MACHINES AFTER YOU USE THEM!
A dirty machine is unsafe and uncomfortable to work on.
Do not use compressed air to blow machines clean. This endangers people's eyes
and can force dirt into machine bearings.
The materials in this page are from: http://www.me.mit.edu/Lectures/MachineTools/safety.html