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General Lab Safety Rules. Safety in the Lab begins with the proper frame of mind. The expression: Safety is no Accident, is a good starting point. Attitude. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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<p>Safety Guide</p> <p>Safety in the Lab begins with the proper frame of mind. The expression: Safety is no Accident, is a good starting point.General Lab Safety RulesWhen you enter the Lab, you always need to make sure that you mentally and physically adjust to the increased hazards around you. The things that you might do in a gym dont belong in a classroom, and things that you might do in a classroom that dont belong in a Lab!AttitudeTools greatly reduce the time needed to perform an operation and usually improve your ability to do a job.Learn how to use tools properly and take pride in your ability to use a tool safely and effectively.Be careful to think through each operation before you do it. Use your common sense. Do not do things that seem unsafe.AttitudePeople using the Lab must take responsibility for the safe use of the facility. If you are unsure of the proper method to do something, ask for help. Never perform an operation that you are uneasy about. Ask for help!</p> <p>AttitudeIf you notice an unsafe condition in the Lab, fix it or bring it to the attention of the instructor.If you think someone is using the equipment unsafely, suggest a safer alternative or bring their actions to the attention of the instructor.AttitudeFrequently, when a person is injured, we hear the words: I didnt mean to, or I was just fooling around.For that reason horseplay cannot be permitted! Yelling, screaming, pushing, jumping, running, throwing objects, using a tool improperly or as a pretend weapon cannot happen!</p> <p>ActivitiesProtect the Most Important Tools You HaveYour Eyes are not tools, but they are our most important sense, and it is very difficult to get by without them.Always use approved eye protection whenever cutting, hammering, using a power tool, in the vicinity or watching someone else doing these things!Eye protection is to be worn anytime we are working on a lab. Getting Ready to WorkBefore presenting yourself and your project to the instructor for permission to use a power tool, make sure you are READY!Have your safety glasses in place, hair, clothing and jewelry secured.Make sure your project is ready also. Have you made all the necessary layout marks in preparation for cutting? The instructor will not assume you know what you are doing you must PROVE it by your presentation.Always obtain permission from the instructor before using a power tool.This alerts the instructor to a machine in use and who is using it.This helps ensure the operation will be performed correctly.This provides an opportunity for the instructor to monitor your work to prevent errors (scrapping out a project).Get Permission Before UseMake sure that all guards are in place and that they work properly.Keep hands at least four inches away from cutting surfaces.Safety EquipmentReport all injuries to the instructor immediately. Report missing, broken or damaged tools to the instructor. Keep the Lab clean and well organized. Return all materials and equipment to its proper storage area. CleanupUse only with permission and only after your cleanup job is done.Typical use is for running air tools, blowing dust off projects.Never direct air near face, exposed skin, or at other people.Use of Lab AirFlip the lever to remove the extinguisher from the wall. Pull pin break sealAim at base of fire, not at the upper flamesSqueeze TriggerUse a sweeping motion back and forth until extinguished</p> <p>Use of ExtinguishersAll injuries MUST be reported to the instructor.Regard all blood spills as infected and give proper care. This usually involves cleanup with bleach and protective wear.Injuries and Bloodborne PathogensAccidents are usually the result of a mistake, they can be avoided. But in case of an accident, even if its only slight you should report the accident to the teacher immediately. AccidentsInform the instructor.Cover and apply pressure.If it is not serious, go to the sink and wash wound, cover with a clean towel.</p> <p>If You Are Injured:Every lab should have a first aid kit. Our first aid kit, sink, and eye wash station is located by Mr. Twinings office. If you get chemicals in your eyes wash you eyes with water. First AidThe clothes that you wear are important to your safety. Loose clothes, shirts, blouses that are not tucked in, sleeves that are not buttoned or rolled up are dangerous because they could get caught in a machine. ClothingThe correct shoes are important. Your shoes should cover all of your feet. When working in a where electrical shock or falling objects are a hazard you should where hard toe shoes or boots with rubber soles. ShoesRings, watches, ID badges, dangling earrings, or body piercing are not to be worn around equipment. Remove all jewelry before working in the lab. JewelryTo avoid injury hair must be tied back, it can get caught in moving equipment. If your hair is long enough to reach your shoulders or long enough to be put in a pony tail you are required to tied it up before working with equipment.HairSome of the equipment may look easy to use or you may have used it before at home. To ensure safety for yourself or others you must wait until the instructor has shown you how to use it. If youre unsure do not rely on the instructions of your classmates. Equipment UseThe instructor must be in the room in order to use the equipment. Whether it is during class or after class. If there is a substitute for the day your project may be put on hold. Equipment UseIf someone is using power equipment that has a safety zone painted on the floor around it, or if there is no marked safety zone, you should stay clear of the machine and stay outside of the safety zone. One the person using the machine and the instructor is allowed in the safety zone. Safety ZonesOnly one person should be operating the machine. Do not distract others from using equipment and stay out of their way. When you are finished using a machine you must turn it off and watch it come to a complete stop. Never leave a machine while its running. </p> <p>Machine OperationIf a piece of equipment does not work right, sound right, or if you can see that there is something wrong. Turn it off or stop use and tell the instructor immediately. </p> <p>Machine OperationWhen lifting something heavy from the floor use the muscles in your legs. If you are carrying something and it starts to slip from your grip. Get out of the way and let if fall. Do everything you can to warn others around you. Lifting and Carrying MaterialsWhen you are working on a work bench you should secure your work with a vise or clamps. Only use tools that are designed to strike harden surfaces. Brittle metal may chip and scatter pieces like shrapnel. Pull dont push wrenches. Avoid punching your hand into something. </p> <p>Working with hand equipmentBe sure you are standing on a dry floor. A wet floor could cause you to get shocked. When pulling an electrical cord out pull from the plug connector not by the cord or wire. Keep electrical cords out of the way so that no one may trip on them. Working with ElectricityFrayed wires, worn insulation, or loose electrical connections should never be used. They could cause electrical shock or a fire. Report defective or damaged wiring to the instructor immediately. Always disconnect the electrical connection of a machine or equipment before you make changes or adjustments. Working with ElectricityWhen working with equipment that is loud hearing protection should be worn. If a machine is loud ask the instructor for hearing protection. </p> <p>Loud EquipmentSafety is everyones business. If you notice someone doing something wrong bring it to their attention and report it to the instructor. Safety is the prime importance when working in the lab. Getting the project done is not your biggest concern. Do not rush your work. Safety</p>