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Introduction

The hazards associated with shop work require special safety considerations. Whether you work in a metal shop, wood shop, automotive shop, glass shop, or electrical shop, the potential hazards for personal injury are numerous. This chapter highlights essential safety information for working in a TAMUS-HSC shop. Refer to other chapters in this manual, including General Safety, Electrical Safety, and Fire/Life Safety, for more information on handling many shop situations.

The following table highlights common shop hazards: It is not possible to detail all the risks involved with shop work. However, it is possible to foresee many hazards by carefully planning each job. To prevent accidents, utilize your knowledge, training, and common sense. Evaluate potential sources of injury, and attempt to eliminate any hazards.

POTENTIAL HAZARDS HAZARD SOURCES
Physical
Compressed air/gases Oxygen, acetylene, air
Flying debris Grinders, saws, welders
Noise Any power tool
Pinching, cutting, amputation Vises, power tools, hand tools
Slipping, tripping Wood/metal chips, electrical cords, oil, etc.
UV radiation Welding
Electrical
Overload Too many cords per outlet
Fire Frayed, damaged cords
Shock Ungrounded tools, equipment
Fire
Flammable chemicals Gasoline, degreasers, paint thinners, etc.
Sparks Welders, grinders
Static sparks Ungrounded tools or solvent containers
Uncontrolled fire Lack of appropriate fire extinguishers
Chemical
Toxic Liquids Cleaning solvents, degreasers, etc.
Toxic fumes, gases, dusts Welding, motor exhaust, etc.

It is not possible to detail all the risks involved with shop work. However, it is possible to foresee many hazards by carefully planning each job. To prevent accidents, utilize your knowledge, training, and common sense. Evaluate potential sources of injury, and attempt to eliminate any hazards.