Having a workshop is something that many dream of without thinking about the responsibility it comes with. Still, learning how to use powerful tools and how to work with devices that can sometimes be unpredictable is not always safe. Hence, after taking into consideration my own experience, I have decided to put together a set of must-follow rules in order to prevent injury in your workshop.
To set off on the right foot, anybody who enjoys being a craftsman as a hobby should buy protective equipment. By doing so, one can make sure that, in the case of any unforeseeable accident, he or she will be provided the needed protection. So, before starting working on that new DIY project, be sure that you have the necessary protection equipment. And, by this, I mean anything from gloves, apron, appropriate footwear, goggles, and shield(s) as well as ear protection. However, making sure that you are protected does not mean that you should buy all of the before mentioned gear. Nevertheless, each should take into account what are the most exposed areas of his/hers body, and determine what type of equipment he/she should invest into.
Next, make sure you get a sufficient amount of light. Because of the dimensions of some workshops, appropriate lighting is a problem. As a result, my advice to you is that you ensure that enough light is provided not only to the workbench area but also to the entire room. By doing so, you will be able to prevent any regrettable events caused by lack of illumination.
Also, whenever you find yourself working on a new project, try to give your work your undivided attention. Therefore, try to cut back on loud music or any other distraction that may cause you to lose your focus. To make sure that you are not taken aback by unexpected guests that can catch you off-guard, I suggest you let people now you are working by telling them or by placing a sign that signals others that you are busy around dangerous tools.
Moreover, always keep your workshop neatly organized, especially the floor. This way, not only will you know where your tools are stored, but you will also avoid tumbling on equipment that is out of place.
Last but certainly not least, you should never venture into doing things that you are not familiar with, and that can seriously jeopardize your life. So, for example, you should never use a welding machine if you don’t own the needed protection equipment or have never used one before. Likewise, people who have never used a powerful tool before should always pay extra attention when using it for the first time. Moreover, having a more experienced friend beside you in this kind of situations is usually desirable.