Staying Safe in a Sprocket Industry
Sprockets, as we all know, are used in a wide array of machinery. They are also made by machines in plants that work with a vast array of metals, and the chemicals that are associated therein. Therefore, staying safe in the sprocket industry is a serious endeavor. We hope to provide you with the tips necessary to protect your well-being.
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Other Ways to Keep Yourself Well
Working in a machine shop is a dangerous job. You are exposed to chemicals and a number of metal fragments that can cause you great harm. And, you are probably lifting heavy objects, while also working with machines that can cut your fingers off. Taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you are safe is a good idea. Here are our recommendations for that endeavor:
- Eye Protection– Those metal shavings and chips can fly at extraordinarily fast speeds. Be sure to always wear your safety goggles (the kind with side shields) if you would like to retain your ability to see what you are doing. Read more about eye safety.
- Hazardous Noise– The high intensity noises that abound in machine shops can contribute to permanent hearing loss. Try using a combination of ear plugs and muffs to eliminate some of the noise you are exposed to on a regular basis.
- Footwear– Those metal chips are often razor sharp, and the metal you are using to make sprockets can come in excessively heavy stock. You don’t want to cut your foot, or severe it by dropping something too heavy on it. Therefore, steel toed boots are highly advisable.
- Dust Masks- When you are grinding metal, the dust can enter your lungs. Or, if you are using metals like zinc, that require boiling, the toxic fumes that are produced could also enter your lungs. This is why it is always a good idea to invest in, and wear, a really good respirator. For help picking the proper respirator read this.
- Lifting– Don’t try to lift things that are too heavy by yourself. Make sure you follow all the proper lifting procedures like using your leg muscles instead of your back (that will help with your chiropractic needs too), and bending at the knees with your back straight.
- Electrical Safety– If you ever have to repair or adjust the machines you use, please ensure that they have been unplugged prior to beginning the procedure. If you can’t unplug the machine, turn it off at the circuit breaker. And, let everyone else know to leave the machine in the unplugged position while you work on it.
- Tool safety– Always use the shields as directed. Make sure you have the proper lighting. Know what you are doing before you begin using a new machine. Never wear clothes that are torn or can get caught in the machine. And don’t forget your gloves!
If you need more help adhering to proper safety procedures in your sprocket plant, or other machine shop, you can follow the link to learn more.