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The Wrong Attitude for a Workshop


This person is not ready for safe work, in a workshop.
His is not wearing a work coat / apron.
His shirt is hanging out and shirt sleeves are loose, ready to be caught in a machine.
He is wearing jewellery (a large cheap medallion), which could easily be caught by the rotating or cutting parts of machines.
The rings on his fingers, are likely to get caught in a machine, causing a serious accident.
He is holding the material incorrectly. He should be holding the material vertically, so that he cannot swing it into the path of others.
He is wearing training shoes. These will not protect his feet, if material, a tool or equipment falls to the floor.
He is holding the hand drill dangerously. Someone could easily walk on to the sharp drill bit.
His shoe laces are untied, which is a trip danger.
He has not read the Safety Declaration sheet. This means he does not understand the importance of safety in a workshop.
The Right Attitude for a Workshop
This person is ready for practical work.
He is wearing an apron, which holds back loose clothing such as a tie.
He has safety goggles, ready for use on machines.
He is wearing leather shoes (safety shoes). They will protect his feet.
He has access to a dust mask. This will be needed, when working on machines that emit dust.
He has read, understood and signed the ‘Safety Declaration Sheet’, showing that he understands the importance of Health and safety in a workshop. This sheet is issued to all pupils, as part of health and safety lessons in schools. Some schools keep a safety training record, which tracks the training and use of machines and equipment, of every pupil.
It is important that a person working in a workshop is dressed appropriately and safely. Simple measures can be taken, such as wearing an apron or an overall. A workshop apron keeps the user clean and holds back loose clothing, such as a tie. Overalls are often used in a workshop. Traditionally, the colours were indicators of the wearers profession - blue for engineer, green for cabinet / furniture maker and white for science based professions.
When wearing an apron, always make sure the apron strings are tied and not allowed to be loose. Loose apron strings, can easily be caught by machinery and are a hazard.
Footwear such as training shoes or sandals, should never been worn in a workshop. They offer very limited protection for feet, against falling tools / equipment and heavy objects. Good, sound / strong shoes, particularly leather, steel capped shoes, offer the best protection, including protection against molten metal / hot metal.  
When working on machines, it is essential that eye protection is worn. Working on a machine without eye protection, will inevitably result in a serious accident. You only have one pair of eyes and they are worth protecting.
Safety goggles or a visor, offer eye protection. Visors have the added advantage of covering the face.
Safety goggles and visors are rated according to the type of work being carried out. For example, a visor for casting molten metal, will be a different rating as those for working on a wood working lathe.

A workshop dust mask is worn when using machines that create dust, such as a disk sander. They are not needed for every machine. They prevent the machine operator breathing in dust particles, which can be harmful, over time.

Dust masks are supplied in a range of designs and they have a variety of filters, to suit different dust levels and dust types.


1. Explain all the unsafe aspects about the persons appearance in the first diagram.

2. Explain all the safe aspects about the persons appearance in the second diagram.