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.Still any fire extinguisher is better than none.
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.
I think also having a phone in the shop is also another safety conscious item.