You've just started your woodworking hobby and you have all your materials and workbench set up, but you have probably overlooked one of the most important aspects of woodworking, a safety checklist. Even if you already know all of these safety guidelines it might be wise to print them out so that you can always remind yourself, and others who are working in the shop, that safety is extremely important.
1. Is your work area clean? You should always keep your work area swept, well organized and uncluttered. You want the space where you will be working where all your equipment will be to be adequate to safely perform the job you are planning on doing.
2. Clothing is another key issue when it comes to safety. It's important that you do not wear loose clothing, things like neck ties, necklaces, bracelets, rings, or wristwatches. They can become tangled in your moving tools, you should also be sure that you tie back your hair if it is long. Work gloves can also get stuck in the moving parts as well, so it's not a great idea to use them. Be sure that you are wearing goggles at all times. If your shirt is something loose, tuck it into your pants.
Be sure that you always wear personal protection devices so you can stay safe and continue your woodworking.
3. Think before you act. You want to know exactly what it is that you will be doing before you start working. Never work with power tools if you are feeling rushed, tired, or angry.
4. Keep your ears safe. When you are thinking about your safety, it's important that you remember your ears. Be sure that you are using ear plugs or a more sophisticated type of ear muff.
5. Here are some safety basic tips on how to stay safe in your work shop.
-Keep your work area well ventilated and be sure you have fresh air coming in.
-Keep your thinners and glues in a safe place away from things that can cause them to light.
-Always put the lids paints, stains and bottles.
6. When you're all done with a days work here are some things you should do.
-Take out the garbage.
-Sweep the floors.
-Put away all your tools and supplies in their right places.
-Be sure everything is shut off. When turning off your equipment it's a good idea to step back and watch it for a minute just to be sure that it's really off and will not act up while you are away from it.
Source by Ryan H Peterson