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    Hey, it's Friday, haven't done a poll in a while, and thought this poll might be the gentle prod some need to get more safety going on in their shop.

    Aside from the various safety items we use with our tools, what other shop items do you have in the name of safety in your shop?

    The Poll is basically five questions, one being whether you HAVE the item asked about, and the follwing one being whether you HAVE NOT the same repeated item. In other words, you are giving five answers ONLY of the ten poll questions.

    Frankly, I think anybody able to answer all that they have all five things going in their shop would be few and far between. Particularly, the eye wash station one. Some may have running water in their shop, but being able to have the water running over your eyes without cuping in your hands first is not ideal imo.

    Fire extinguishers is another area that I think some people may not have the correct type in their shop. I had looked into this with a firefighter friend of mine, who is also a woodworker and this was his reply:
    As for the extinguishers, a wood shop usually has need for an "A" (water based) extinguisher for obvious reasons. This however will not deal with the charged electrical conditions you could potentially come across with tools. It also doesn't deal with solvents and paints if you refinish in the area.

    My opinion, 2 extinguishers is what you require. If you have a wood, paper or cloth type fire you should have a minimum of a 10A rated extinguisher. A manual hand pump type is great for this (bigger the better...10 litre?).
    The second extinguisher should be a CO2 extinguisher (10BC). This will deal with most liquid type (paint, solvent and oil) fires and electrically charged equipment. It leaves no residue and won't harm the equipment.

    If you decide to go with a multi-purpose extinguisher (5A10BC,etc.), it will work fine but leaves an awful mess because of its residue. I don't recommend it for this reason.

    Still any fire extinguisher is better than none.

    I think also having a phone in the shop is also another safety conscious item.
    307
    I HAVE a First Aid kit in the shop
    11.73%
    36
    I DO NOT HAVE a First Aid kit in the shop
    9.45%
    29
    I HAVE either an Eye Wash Station, or sink I can properly wash my eyes at in my shop.
    5.54%
    17
    I DO NOT HAVE either an Eye Wash Station, or sink I can properly wash my eyes at in my shop.
    14.01%
    43
    I HAVE Emergency Lighting that comes on if there is a power failure in my shop.
    3.26%
    10
    I DO NOT HAVE Emergency Lighting that comes on if there is a power failure in my shop.
    15.96%
    49
    I HAVE a Fire Extinguisher in my shop.
    16.29%
    50
    I DO NOT HAVE a Fire Extinguisher in my shop.
    4.56%
    14
    I HAVE a Smoke/Fire Detector in my shop.
    7.17%
    22
    I DO NOT HAVE a Smoke/Fire Detector in my shop.
    12.05%
    37

    The poll is expired.

    Last edited by Lost in the Woods; 08-28-2010, 03:28 AM.
    Kevin

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    I have a corded phone mounted to the wall near eye level at the entrance to the workshop. The emergency number buttons (all three) are set up for 911, and can be pressed with my nose (assuming it hasn't been cut off in the accident) along with the speaker phone button.

    ...Wayne

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    • #3

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      I also consider my basement-shop intercomm to upstairs a safety item as well as a convenience.

      billh

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      • #4

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        I have 3 of the five and should have the eye wash station. I don't have water out here but you can get the portable one with the solution in the squeeze bottle. I don't have emergency lighting but I do have lights on two different circuits.
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        • #5

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          Have everything except emergency lights. I can find my way around my shop (and entire house) in the dark just fine after a power failure, or late night pee break.

          Michael

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          • #6

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            I have

            - eye wash station (one of those bottles with the eye cup)

            - large first aid kit

            - 10 pound ABC extinguisher at the exit

            - smoke detector

            - emergency lighting with one head in the shop, the other in the stairwell (basement shop)

            - phone about 24" above the floor (in case I'm hurt and can't stand up)

            - lens cleaning station with solution and wipes

            Regards, Rod.
            Work is the curse of the riding class.

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            • #7

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              Originally posted by mbowler View Post
              Have everything except emergency lights. I can find my way around my shop (and entire house) in the dark just fine after a power failure, or late night pee break.

              Michael
              I think most of us who've lived in our homes for more than a few years can say the same. What frightens me is pushing stock thru, even as careful I am using devices like pushers/paddles/sticks etc, and all goes black. Doesn't that worry you?

              Like many, I have my lights running off a different panel than my dedicated shop panel, but during a hydro outage, it's all turning off.
              Kevin

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              • #8

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                I have a smoke detector outside of the shop. Having one inside can be a problem with nuisance alarms from burning wood to fine dust which can also shorten the life of the detector.
                If you want me to make it i need this new tool first

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                • #9

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                  Originally posted by Lost in the Woods View Post
                  I think most of us who've lived in our homes for more than a few years can say the same. What frightens me is pushing stock thru, even as careful I am using devices like pushers/paddles/sticks etc, and all goes black. Doesn't that worry you?

                  Like many, I have my lights running off a different panel than my dedicated shop panel, but during a hydro outage, it's all turning off.
                  Well...isn't the tool going to shut off too?
                  If the tool is loaded it will likely shut down pretty quick when the power goes out. Otherwise, don't move until the tool comes to a stop, turn the switch off (if it's not a mag switch) then your safe to do what you need to do.
                  J.P. Rap Mount Hope Ont.
                  Carpe Ductum (Seize The Tape)


                  "In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. Elwood P. Dowd

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                    Originally posted by J.P. Rap View Post
                    Well...isn't the tool going to shut off too?
                    If the tool is loaded it will likely shut down pretty quick when the power goes out. Otherwise, don't move until the tool comes to a stop, turn the switch off (if it's not a mag switch) then your safe to do what you need to do.
                    I get concerned with the TS and the RAS and how their blades don't have any brake on them, and that in the process of slowing down with a piece in motion causing jarring with the piece and potentially causing it to fling it. Just prefer to at least have some kind of visual aid - light - if this were to happen.
                    Kevin

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                    • #11

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                      Originally posted by Lost in the Woods View Post
                      I think most of us who've lived in our homes for more than a few years can say the same. What frightens me is pushing stock thru, even as careful I am using devices like pushers/paddles/sticks etc, and all goes black. Doesn't that worry you?
                      No it does not worry me. As JP mentioned, if the power went out I would simply stop feeding stock and hold onto the workpiece until the blade stopped. Emergency lights really are a commercial/industrial concern... with a fire in a large building people (who may be unfamiliar with the area) need to be able to find the exit safely even if the power is out. In a home shop you know your way around, and the exit is close at hand. Anyone have lighted exit signs in their home shop?

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                      • #12

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                        I understand that people know the way around their own shop, however I have a small shop and the saw/shaper is often moved for use.

                        That means I'd have to be real sure of where the tripping hazards are in the shop at that particular moment.

                        Or where I left the step stool.

                        It's just far easier to have an emergency lighting unit........Rod.
                        Work is the curse of the riding class.

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                        • #13

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                          Wow, I failed that miserably. So much so that today I installed a phone, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, and a first aid kit in my shop. I have a water source and lighting on three seperate lines.

                          Jeeze, I think of myself as pretty safety conscious. I always wear ear and eye protection, use my DC, and use a resperator while sanding. I use all sorts of push sticks, guards, feather boards, etc... But I guess doing things safely and creating a safe place are two different things!

                          Lost In The Woods, thanks for the wake-up call!

                          C
                          sigpicClint in London

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                          • #14

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                            Oh my! I screwed up. It should have read BEDROOM safety items, Sorry guys....I'll pay more attention next time.


                            Seriously now.....Thanks for the replies. "C", if it gets one guy to do what you did....mission accomplished!
                            Kevin

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                            • #15

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                              Did your firefighter friend suggest what kind of smoke detector to use in a dusty workshop that won't cause false alarms?
                              Nothing is ever as straightforward as it seems.

                              Glenn from Winnipeg

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