Is it necessary to keep a workshop clean? Yes, especially if you are keeping a woodworking shop. Having a woodworking shop means that you are handling sharp equipment and tools that could cause accidents, and harm people. Actually, you just do not have to keep a woodworking shop clean but also organized. How? Here are some tips and guidelines on how you can maintain a clean, organized, and safe woodworking shop.
Keep the work area clean and tidy. This means that you must put all tools and equipment back to where they are usually kept; throw garbage, debris, and sawdust properly on a daily basis; clean the workbenches at the end of each day; put back flammable materials in the lockers; sweep the floor at the end of the day; and make sure that the shop is well lit with everything in its proper place. Why is this important? If you just leave the things wherever you want, an onlooker or outsider can just grab things, which can end up in misplaced tools or a bleeding hand.
Maintain all working tools in good condition. Tools and equipment that need maintenance should always be kept in proper working condition; otherwise, terrible accidents might happen. If you can fix broken tools, have them fixed at once; but if they couldn’t be fixed anymore, dispose of them quickly. This ensures that everything you have in the shop can be used and no storage spaces are wasted because broken unfixable tools occupy them.
Add as many safety features to your woodworking shop as possible. This ensures that the shop is safe and secure to work in. For instance, you use push sticks in moving materials through the saw instead of your fingers; you place guards on appropriate areas for protection; and using jigs as well to make a perilous process safer. You can even put up safety signs and reminders just to make the entire work area safe and worker friendly.
Keep yourself as fit as a fiddle. Keeping yourself in tiptop shape helps maintain a safe work environment. How? If you are fit, you can handle all tools and equipment with ease and in a proper manner. You will have enough strength required to operate a particular woodworking tool, like a jigsaw. In addition, you must also practice safety measures while working, like wearing of goggles and working gloves. If wearing of safety gear becomes a habit, working in a woodworking shop becomes safe.
Always be prepared for emergencies. You can never tell when accidents can happen. It can happen even if you were doing all possible means to keep the workshop clean. So, to make sure that something can be done during emergencies, it is advised that you install a phone line, preferably a lined and cordless phone, which you can easily grab to call for help. Also, a list of emergency numbers should be written on or near the phone. This makes recall easier so you can immediately call for help.
All these tips and guides are basic shop safety measures that you must observe to make certain that everything is in order and working in a woodworking shop is as safe as it can possibly be.