Last updated on Monday, July 28, 2014 06:30:30 AM Eastern US Time Zone
▪ Please review all of the precautionary notes below & the Personal Safety Equipment page, too.
▪ All practices described herein are to be used at the discretion & risk of the reader.
▪ Opinions expressed are those of the author or the quoted source.
▪ The author is not an employee or agent for any of the vendors referenced in the text & does not sell or represent any of the products discussed.
▪ The author is not a professional machinist or engineer but a Research Psychologist.
▪ No information provided herein should be construed to represent professional advice or best practice.
▪ All information is provided to help hobbyists & other non-professionals gain a better understanding of the tools & techniques described.
▪ Care has been exercised to provide accurate information but the author cannot be held responsible for information that is incorrect or out of date.
▪ Power tools & shop practices are dangerous. Read, understand, & follow all directions & precautions provided by the equipment manufacturer.
▪ Always take all proper safety precautions such as wearing industry approved (ANSI) protective eyewear, breathing filtration, hearing protection, appropriate clothing, adequate illumination, good ventilation, & secure footing.
▪ Beware of creating a flammable condition or an explosive atmosphere (liquid, vapor or dust) within the work area. Identify all potential ignition sources within the work area.
▪ Have the appropriate type of fire extinguisher readily available inside the shop.
▪ Assure shop observers also have proper protective eyewear & hearing protection.
▪ Keep children & animals clear of the work zone.
▪ Secure tools & the work zone when not in use.
▪ Do not converse with others while performing cutting operations. Do not allow others to interrupt while you are operating a machine.
▪ Cutting & grinding metal or wood can result in exposure to & inhalation of toxic materials. Refer to the MSDS for the properties of a particular material.
▪ Before starting a cutting operation, assure all involved parts have been properly tightened.
▪ Do not place hands near cutter while the machine is operating.
▪ Wait until the cutter has completely stopped turning before touching the setup.
▪ Absolutely do not operate any machinery while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol, medications, or other drugs.
▪ Do not leave the area while the machine is running unless it is setup to safely operate in that condition (e.g., a CNC machine that incorporates working fail-safe mechanisms).
▪ Always disconnect & lockout the machine from its power source before performing any maintenance, repair, modification, or upgrade.
▪ Disconnect machinery from its power source when unused for extended time periods.
▪ Periodically test emergency stop circuits to assure they are functional.
▪ Directly contact the manufacturer if you have any questions or problems; often they have manuals available.
▪ Keep all machinery (mechanical & electrical) in proper working condition, including lubrication.
▪ Consult knowledgeable people in the appropriate forums if an equipment manual cannot be obtained.
▪ If there are any doubts about the safety of the machine or how it is going to be used, do not operate it & seek professional guidance.
▪ Never underestimate the power of the Dunning–Kruger Effect & the influence of Cognitive Dissonance.
▪ Your mileage may vary. Batteries not included. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.