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Posted on What safety gear/equipment do you have in your shop?

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#1 posted 09-19-2012 07:46 AM

Besides the normal protection gear, I also keep a fire extinguisher handy. I have a first aid kit upstairs, but it is probably out of date or not complete. I should get a new one for the shop, thank you for reminding me…

The “Be Safe Think Twice” philosophy that DeputyDawg mentioned is also my first line of defense. Having bought a sawstop saw also helps, although I sometimes wish they would emphasize the fact that they also make great saws apart from the brake mechanism (their website looks like a horror movie poster). However, there are so many other dangerous tools; the other day I hurt myself sanding a door with sandpaper—a splint stuck out and went right through my finger, in and out. Thankfully it was not as bad as it seemed and all is perfectly fine now.

I think dust and fumes are what most people often neglect, as these will not have any immediate effect. If I read MSDS sheets or just look at how much dust is in the air when a strong light source like sunshine lights my shop, I often realize that I should be wearing dust or organic vapor protecting almost all the time… but then again, it’s hard to resist smelling fresh cut wood like ebony!

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