Tools and Equipment - Basic Guidelines
Annual Basic Safety Training
General Safety and Storage Practices
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Try to maintain good housekeeping and storage practices. Keep pathways at least 28" wide at all times. Not only will this help eliminate potential slips, trips and falls, but it will also help keep hallways and exits clear of items that could block your path of exit.

Ensure you observe any weight limits for shelving and overhead storage areas. Also, when storing heavy items on a shelf, it will help to store them about waist height to help prevent back injuries.

Tools and Equipment - Basic Guidelines
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Tools and equipment can be hazardous and have the potential for causing severe injuries when they are not used or maintained properly.

While using tools or equipment, you may be exposed to the hazards of falling, flying, abrasive, and splashing objects, or to harmful dusts, fumes, mists, vapors, or gases. Because of the potential for these hazards, you may be required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment.

Some basic safety rules that can help prevent hazards associated with the use of tools and equipment are:

  • Obtain appropriate training before use (this will help you to be able to identify the hazards and the safety precautions necessary)
  • Select the proper tool for the job
  • Examine each tool or equipment before using
  • Ensure that guards, interlocks and other devices are in place and functioning properly
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendations
Laser Safety

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  • Avoid direct eye exposures, especially (NO staring directly into beams)
  • Do not use magnifying optics to further focus a beam.
  • Do not point lasers at others.
  • Notice and Follow all directions given in areas where HIGH POWER laser systems are being used.


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