Safety

Warning! These things can be dangerousSome of the tools and techniques used in the Workshopshed are dangerous and could resort in injuries, health issues or worse. I think it is important to share and discuss these issues rather than hide behind the slippery slope argument that if you mention one thing that you are then liable for everything that happens.

You are responsible for your own safety and for those working around you.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

This week I was fortunate to attend a health and safety talk at a dockyard. Although I wasn’t actually working there, I had to pass through to visit a client and hence I needed to complete the briefing. It gave

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Responsibility and common sense

Responsibility and common sense

Are bowls food safe? Jimmy Shaw brought up an interesting discussion on twitter the other day about where to draw the line for advising viewers. My thought was that this specific item should have been mentioned. The reasoning is that

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Exploding E-Cigarettes

Exploding E-Cigarettes

In the news this week was a report about a barmaid and an exploding electronic cigarette. Apparently the device had been plugged into an IPad charger rated at 2A rather than the intended charger which was rated at 0.5A. A

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Fire Safety

Fire Safety

As I work in a wooden workshop fire safety is particularly important to me. Last time I completed any formal training was at Dowty in the 1990s and I mostly remember the demonstration of the effectiveness of halon extinguishers vs

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Plug into Safety

Plug into Safety

During National Shed Week, the Electrical Safety Council is reminding people of the electrical safety issues in their sheds with their Plug into Safety campaign. “Of the top five ‘shed hazards’ identified below, three relate to electrical safety: storing mains-powered

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The shed smoke alarm works

The shed smoke alarm works

I decided to do a bit of brazing in the workshop last evening and rather regretted it. After cleaning the metal, setting it at right angles and putting on some flux, I started to heat it with my medium sized

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Chemical Safety in the Workshop

Chemical Safety in the Workshop

I was discussing the issue of storing dangerous chemicals in the workshop the other week with a work colleague and he took the attitude that as soon as his kids could walk he took everything out of the garden shed

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