Thanks to good maintenance, it is possible to prevent injuries while increasing efficiency in the workshop
Many workshops in the farming environment are places full of winter activities, and it is possible to prevent injuries and increase the effectiveness of repairs through good management.
This article from the Farm Safety Association Inc. Applies both to workshops in the industrial sector and to workshops at home, at a time of year when people are preparing for the spring.
Cleanliness first and foremost!
Many injuries are due to improper maintenance of the workshop. Trips, slips and falls account for the majority of incidents.
Waste and packaging products, parts, tools and equipment scattered around, or oil spills, can all cause injury. Pick up the waste with a broom and dispose of it in a designated area. As for the pieces, keep them on the workbenches. Store tools in a place where they can not fall and cause injury or damage. Apply an oil absorbent to the oil spill, then clean it.
Lighting, heating and ventilation
For good lighting, give your workshop enough windows and vertical lighting.
Install additional lighting fixtures above benches and stationary tools.
Install additional heating for winter workshop work. The heater shall be so placed as to ensure an adequate and uniform distribution of heat. Suspended aerodromes do not disengage the work area.
Provide adequate ventilation to exhaust smoke, fumes and exhaust gases. In summer, open the windows and doors. Installation of special systems may be necessary in the winter to remove exhaust fumes and other gases.
Flexible hoses or pipes can be used for exhaust exhaust. Well-designed ventilation systems are required in areas where welding work is performed and where batteries are stored to remove smoke and vapors. A cabin with separate ventilation is recommended to remove paint fumes.
Checking the spinning
- All spinning must comply with the province’s electricity code. Here are some general standards to follow.
- Wiring should be of the right size for lighting, heating and power tools. The workshop must be equipped with adequate power outlets.
- The conductors, plugs and receptacles must all be of a grounded three-wire type to prevent electric shock when using power tools.
- The workshop must be capable of supplying enough current for the welders and motors used there.
- It is advisable to install earth fault interrupters in wet areas and wash bays.
- Wiring, motors and explosion proof devices are compulsory in areas where flammable gases, fumes or vapors may be present.
- Overview of workshop management
By following the following procedures, you can prevent injuries and increase the efficiency of your workshop.
- Keep all tools and repair equipment in good condition.
- Always wear the correct personal protective equipment when working, such as welding and sharpening.
- Keep floors and benches clean to minimize the risk of fire and stumbling.
- After the work is complete, clean the workshop thoroughly.
- Empty trash.
- Ensure proper maintenance of lighting, heating and ventilation systems.
- Prohibit the unauthorized use of tools, repair equipment and supplies.
- Do not allow anyone to use tools or repair equipment without giving them proper instructions.
- Keep protective devices and protective devices in place on the tools and make sure they are in good working order.
- Use repair tools and equipment only for the purpose for which they are intended.
- Maintain fire extinguishers regularly and make sure the first aid kit is not missing.