Caution is better than Risk, Prevention is better than cure. using the the right tools for a job alone is not sufficient; You have to get trained and informed about its proper use and safety precautions.
When we Design a Product or Develop further a design; we have to integrate Product Safety into the usage method and improve usability and safety. Product also has to be Engineered in such a way that manufacturing it does not pose hazard to the worker.
- Product should not give even the lightest shock, Even metal parts on user side to be laminated.
- High energy circuits never enters analog and digital circuit areas without Opto or other Isolation.
- Gadgets, Furniture, Tools and Storage Units should not cause injury. Rounded Edges, Non Toxic.
- LED and Lasers can damage Vision, welding too. Use Protective Filter Glasses. After a comment by John Bump
- Helmet, Goggles and Face/Respiratory Mask when working with power tools/ abrasion and large objects.
- Crepe Bandage, Neoprene Ankle/Knee/Thigh Support when pushing or pulling or Physical Exertion.
- Waist/Back Support Belts and Straps to reinforce back/spine while doing Heavy Lifting or Movement.
- Waistband Thick Belt or Traditional Sash helps Posture and prevents slipped disc or spinal injury.
- When using a Knife, Sharp Tool, Pointed Tool or Drill; cut/bore away from your body or finger/leg not towards.
- Use Long Riding Leather/Synthetic Boots when working in chemical plants and heavy industry.
- Cross Ventilation and exhaust fans important if even little chemical fumes are generated in your work.
- Soldering, plastic forming and even for some kinds of material processing. Good Ventilation or Masks needed.
- Fire hazard and Air pollution in the workplace is the most important two dangers, Electricity is third.
- Use Leather Boots when working with high voltage, also silicone flexible gloves or Latex Gloves.
My Recent Lessons –
Wear ear muffs when Noise present in surroundings to avoid distraction. When your own tools/work create too much noise, then also ear muffs protect ears, give some allowance/filter for audio feedback
- Cut away from you, not towards. Sharp tools and Power tools keep job at a distance. Watch for Splinters.
- Both Legs and at least one hand insulated when working with High Voltage.
- Use the right tool for the right job. Do not use cutting plair like a hammer.
- Do not use Teeth, Legs etc. as tools. Only Iron and Steel should face the Job.
Your Health and Safety at Work – These Modules have been developed to help you, the trainer, teach essential information on occupational health and safety to workers. You can use these Modules to teach workers from any workplace where basic health and safety information and training are needed