Time is money in our workshop! Accidents, large or small take time from our work. Recently I badly sliced the tip of my finger on the bottom of a drawer slide while cleaning and prepping. I’m tough and just bandaged it up even though I should have gone in and had stitches. After this happened it made me realize how important safety is, even in small work areas.
In the past, I used to head the safety compliance for a large company and worked on the policies and procedures for the safety of our employees. Go figure! I should have known better.
We all need a reminder of basic safety in our furniture painting workshops!
Keep Your Work Area Safe With These Tips
1. Keep It Clean. I know this sounds like common sense but it should be first and foremost in your work area. By cleaning up regularly you will reduce the risk of accidentally tripping, having debris flying into your eyes, or accidentally cutting yourself. You will also know where your power tools and sharp objects are at all times in a clean work area.
2. Care of Your Power Tools. It’s amazing how many power tools we use, even in a small workshop! Sanders, drills, routers, saws, etc are in constant use. Proper storage, handling (do not carry them by the cord), maintenance, and testing will ensure the tools are good working condition and reduces the likelihood of malfunction. Check cords and safety shields and practice good safety habits when using them. Learn the proper ways to operate each tool. Have a place for each item and put it back after each use. Thinking you will use it again right away is a bad habit to have.
3. Use Safety Gear. Safety googles, gloves, respiratory masks, closed toed shoes, knee pads, and ear plugs will keep you protected while working on any project. Using safety gear will easily prevent many small or large injuries.
4. Use and Store Chemicals and Paints Wisely. Be aware of potential hazards in using different chemicals. Wear a mask and gloves. Have adequate ventilation and water easily accessible in case of accidental splashing or spilling. Proper storage of paints and chemicals are very important.
5. Have a First Aid Kit. Keep a first aid kit readily available at all times. Often, time is of the essence in managing an injury. Make sure your kit is readily available and keep it freshly stocked with supplies. Your first aid kit should include adhesive tape and gauze, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, bandaids, scissors and tweezers, elastic wraps, pain relievers and cold packs.
As you are working in your area, always be aware of safety concerns and possible hazards.