17.2 General Shop Safety

Potential Hazards Hazard Sources
Electrical: Overload



Too many cords per outlet

Frayed, damaged cords

Ungrounded tools, equipment

Fire: Flammable Chemicals


Static Sparks

Uncontrolled Fire

Gasoline, degreasers, paint thinners, etc.

Welders, grinders

Ungrounded tools or solvent containers

Lack of appropriate fire extinguishers

Chemical: Toxic Liquids

Toxic Fumes, Gases, Dusts

Cleaning solvents, degreasers, etc.

Welding, motor exhaust, etc.

Physical: Compressed air/gases

Flying Debris


Pinching, Cutting, Amputation

Slipping, Tripping

UV Radiation

Oxygen, acetylene, air

Grinders, saws, welders

Any power tool

Vises, power tools, hand tools

Wood/metal chips, electrical cords, oil, etc.


It is not possible to detail all the risks involved with shop work. However, it is possible to foresee many hazards by carefully planning each job. To prevent accidents, utilize your knowledge, training, and common sense. Evaluate potential sources of injury and attempt to eliminate any hazards.

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