Five Ways To Improve Tool Safety

  1. Take the time to learn about one of your tools - even the tool seems simple. How can you use that tool better? What are the failure modes of that tool? In what way can that tool cause injury? Despite what you use the tool for, what other uses does it have? Read the manual, research best practices, or consult an expert. (and beware of what you see on youTube)
  2. Always be the one that speaks up for safety. If something looks like it might be unsafe, bring it up with your peers to discuss. Even if you're wrong - it means that there is something to be learned and it's a great time to talk about community norms and expectations.
  3. Never operate tools if you are sleepy, distracted or otherwise impaired. Also, be cautious about what tools you use alone. In case something happens, think about and plan for how can you get help.
  4. Install a MAKESafe Power Tool Brake or other aftermarket device to decrease possible failure and injury modes of the device.
  5. Make things! Continue to gain experience using tools by constantly making things and working to improve your craft.

General Resources

  • OSHA Machine Guarding eTool - some simple guides to improve safety practices with some tools. You can't get more official than the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Tool Specific Resources