Safety equipment problems are common issues faced daily, and it is advised that everyone participating in the job or who will be using the power tool should champion safety.
What is the significance of personal protective equipment (PPE)? The answer is simple; it saves lives.
Steel-toed boots are used in construction and industry to protect your toes from falling objects, and if they feature metatarsal guards, they also cover your entire foot.
Safety glasses protect your eyes from flying objects, hard-hat/helmets keep your head safe from falling objects, and gloves keep your hands safe from cuts and abrasions, among other things. I doubt your IQ if you don’t wear the right PPE for the job.
- Whatever your job or location, if you’re going to use a power tool, you must follow safety guidelines.
- If you follow the equipment manufacturer’s guidelines, you can accomplish these tasks safely whether you’re in the field, at home, or in the office.
- If you’re in a rush to finish the job or because you’re particularly familiar with the specific power tool, refusing to follow the necessary safety precautions for your device can be dangerous.
- Make sure you’re wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the work.
- Whenever you’re shopping for a power tool, keep an eye out for the safety gear as well.
Have you looked into the cost of the safety equipment you’ll need for your job? Please don’t be hesitant to get it. Most time, they are less expensive than you think. But, unfortunately, some folks are less concerned about safety equipment because they believe they have mastered the power tool.
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Invest in the appropriate personal protective equipment for the tool and work you intend to do.
Safety goggles, as small as they are, can protect your precious eyes from projectiles. When a hammer accidentally strikes you, impact gloves can save your fingernail. Wearing impact-resistant gloves can also help you keep your fingers.
These are just a few examples of standard safety gears. What about working at height? If you’re working with a power tool at heights above ground, ensure the work area is clear of anything that could cause an accident.
Check that you’re adequately restrained and that your power tool is not hindered in any way. It is especially true if you’re working at a height with a corded power tool.
If you’re working above ground, be sure you’re wearing a safety harness or fall protection. Also, make sure you’re well restrained. When a worker is at risk of falling more than 3 meters (10 feet), most workplace health and safety standards require action.
Power tools make it a lot easier to finish the jobs you’re working on. But, unfortunately, many people do not use the proper safety equipment because they do not want to pay the extra money to get it. Power tools are handy, but they are also dangerous. If you don’t use them properly, you risk serious harm or even death.
Not wearing the right gear can also get you fired if you work for a company that emphasizes safety. OSHA fines the employer, not the individual if you or another worker is found to be working without sufficient protection.
In addition, employers’ workers’ compensation insurance premiums may rise. If an employee refuses to wear the necessary PPE, one of the few options available to the employer is to fire them. They are a risk to themselves and others, and they can be costly to the employer.
Follow the Power Tool’s Manufacturer’s Recommended Safety Guidelines
Although often ignored, but this is another crucial point to consider when acquiring power tools. Some people will take the necessary safety precautions at work but will not do so at home. It is because they believe no one is watching them. Therefore they will attempt the job regardless of how dangerous it appears.
The following are some of the most common reasons for this:
- First, they want to do the job as soon as possible. So it’s no surprise that many common power tool accidents happen at home.
- While most organizations require employees to use the appropriate safety equipment when using power tools, there is no such requirement while using them at home.
- They are unconcerned about their safety at home. Safety concerns are only addressed at the workplace, where they are observed.
- They believe that safety equipment is prohibitively expensive. It may be costly, but do everything you can to safeguard yourself, your gear, and your work environment.
Usually, safety equipment is classified according to the type of work that you do. So, for example, if you’re working with chemicals, you can’t assume a safety apron would suffice. But, on the other hand, if you put on a regular coverall to work with chemicals, you risk getting burned, especially if the chemicals are caustic.
Make sure you read the chemical owner’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to figure out what to do: it will tell you what PPE to wear and how to handle any problems resulting from using it. Before you begin working with the chemical, you should consult the SDS.
If you’re going to use corrosive chemicals for your work, be sure you read and understand the SDS first. Then, make sure you apply the same safety measures that you use at work in your home.
The type of safety equipment you’ll require is determined by the power tool you’re using. An angle grinder is an excellent example for this illustration; a full face shield will provide considerably more protection.
If you’re working with sharp objects, such as sheet metal, you’ll want to wear heavy-duty work gloves. In addition, it is critical to protect your eyes. Each power tool user manual will include the required safety gadgets to wear when using that particular power tool.
Standard Power Tools PPE for Your Protection
Goggles for eye safety are required. Don’t do any work that involves flying projectiles without first wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes.
There’s always the possibility of dirt, debris, or material pieces flying straight into your eyes. For example, when saw blades break, bits shoot through the air like projectiles.
Those projectiles can travel at the speed of a bullet, however only for a short distance, but still, their impact on the human body can be devastating. Consider what it’s like to be shot by a bullet. If you value your eyes, make sure you protect them.
For your head, purchase an excellent hardhat. Even the top of your skull, invest in a decent hardhat that covers your entire head to protect yourself from being hit by a dropped object. When using some power tools, a full face shield will provide considerably more protection.
Make sure you invest in the correct coverall. Wear coverall to avoid burns and cuts, but make sure the coverall isn’t too loose. If it is, you run the risk of it being entangled in the power tool.
Also, pay attention to your footwear. Check to see if the soles are non-slip. Wear steel-toed boots while working on some power tools. It is especially true if you operate in an industrial setting where oil spills are a possibility.
You should wear earplugs or other ear protection. Some power tools make a lot of noise. Hearing loss is a severe problem, and you should do everything you can to keep your present degree of hearing.
It is also a good idea to ensure that you have a supply of fresh air entering your work area. If you’ll be using a power tool that produces dust, such as sanders or routers, a respirator is an excellent idea.
A respirator ensures that you do not inhale any potentially dangerous chemicals or dust. Oxygen deprivation can lead to asphyxiation, which can result in unconsciousness or death; suffocation.
Wear tucked-in shirts and only coveralls that fit you well. It’s also crucial to dress appropriately.
Power tools are a lot of fun to use and can help you finish a project faster. However, when operating them, you must take the time to put on the appropriate safety gear. Protecting yourself against injury or perhaps death is worth every penny.
It makes no difference how careful you are, how many times you’ve used the power tool before, how smart you are, or how easy the work is. However, accidents with power tools can happen in the blink of an eye, so be prepared.
These suggestions are based on a considerable amount of industry experience and lessons learned from toolbox/risk assessment meetings.
There is a culture in the industry of sharing incident reports and learning from experience. It is so that the workers will develop solutions to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
I hope you find these suggestions useful because they can be applied to any situation. You’ll find them beneficial in all walks of life.
Make sure safety is your number one priority. Also, keep in mind that you are solely responsible for your safety. It’s not your employer’s responsibility.
Your employer will only supply the appropriate personal protective equipment for the kind of work they do, as well as a safe working environment. However, it is your responsibility to safeguard yourself, your colleagues, the environment, and the tools you use.
Remember that the job site owner can ask the contractor to remove employees from a project site because they would not wear the proper PPE. However, there is too much liability for all involved to allow the unprotected worker to continue.
Again, investing in the recommended safety gear from the original power tool equipment manufacturer makes perfect sense. It is in your best interest to use the safety equipment recommended by the tool’s manufacturer.