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Full Body Protection in Woodworking

Jeff Donaven

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The safety of the woodworker must be ensured while at work, and this could only be done by the worker himself. Knowing all the safety precautions is very important while working with sharp tools and equipment. In connection with this, it is worthwhile focusing on the safety measures to protect the worker’s body from injury and hazards in the woodshop. It will be very helpful to illustrate a detailed discussion on safe clothing and woodworking safety equipment.

Safe clothing involves wearing of appropriate clothes while working in the woodshop. The clothes should be long enough to cover the rest of the skin so that the worker can be protected from wood dust, debris and wood particles. However, the clothes should not be loose in order to keep them from getting caught by the machine. Moreover, to ensure comfort while working, the clothes to wear should be suitable to the weather condition such as thick ones during winter and thin ones on hot days.

Some workers do not bother the dust on their skin so they prefer simple shirts and jeans because they feel comfortable in them. Aside from the basic clothing requirements in woodworking, there is special attire needed to be worn while engaging in wood turning because a lot of wood debris get airborne. Wearing long sleeves and long pants is required to cover the entire skin. Further, full protection with apron and face shield is strictly advised.

Another body protection requirement is wearing of safety equipment. While using power tools, debris and wood particles fly to the air hence safety glasses are needed to protect the eyes. To protect the ears and avoid hearing loss, ear protection should be worn while using noisy tools like joiners, routers and planers. Moreover, airborne wood dust and particles are harmful to the respiratory system when inhaled; thus using of face mask is advised. Similarly, a respirator should be used when applying finishing chemicals such as paints and varnishes. Likewise, power tools generate flying wood particles or chips which can cause face injury hence a full face shield is necessary aside from eye mask.

Woodworking is not an easy job because it requires attention to body protection against harmful effects of chemicals and hazards of airborne dust and particles. However, following safety measures and wearing those safe clothing and safety equipment is easier for those who love their health more than their work. All those safety protection measures for the worker’s body should follow the rules of comfort while at work.

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