This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Homesteading. (Note that this BB is part of a four-part choose your own adventure called Little List. You must complete four Badge Bits in the Little List.)
In this Badge Bit, you supply a work site with ample safety glasses, hearing protection, first aid kits, gloves, etc.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- you must supply a work site with ample safety glasses, hearing protection, first aid kits, gloves, etc.
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
- post a description of the work site
- post a description of the appropriate safety gear for this work site
- post a picture of an ample supply of safety gear appropriate for the work site
Started with a few safety items that really needed a home in my workshop. The woodworking shop is housed in an 8X20 shipping container. The usual woodworking equipment, a Chopsaw, bandsaw, table saw, lathe, etc, all require a set of goggles or a full face shield, earplugs, gloves, dustmasks, and the inevitable use of a first aid kit (the yellow box). Now all are in one place.
Zone 8a Handicapped Gardener with crutches, sometimes a wheelchair
If you are following along you'll see that I recently cleaned my basement shop. It has eighty-year-old brick walls, 7 foot high ceilings with lots of friendly spiders, the occasional flood (only a couple dozen a year), eye-level windows through which I see the occasional vagrant, police officer, ambulance, or stray cat... well, anyway, it is rustic.
The equipment used most heavily is a chop saw, a drill press, cordless drills, and a belt sander. I also do a lot of glue ups.
Also, because of the way I work, other stuff is used. Soldering irons, foam cutters, x-acto knives, bamboo skewers that I can barely reach while I am balancing a flaming torch and scooting a box of screws over with my foot, heat guns, springs that hold metal posts taut while I tighten clamps around them with my teeth, that sort of thing.
The safety equipment I consider absolutely necessary is eye protection. Both the chop saw and drill press can spray splinters and on rare occasions kick back a piece of wood. A close second is dust masks because of the sanding, and occasionally gloves for the glueups. I have a few times felt the need for a full face shield. When I am sawing a lot of stuff it is nice to have ear protection. Finally, although I admit it's not what I'd call traditional safety equipment, readily available tape measures and pencils. I'd say the #1 way I get hurt in my shop is straining to reach a pencil or tape measure while trying to hold something still.
The eye protection thing was a PITA because my safety glasses kept walking away. Tucked over here, dropped in this bucket, on the kitchen counter upstairs, in the bathroom, but never where I needed them. So I bought a few extra. Let's say, 40 or so. And now I'm a safety glasses squirrel. I have little caches of them all over the shop. Like this, for example:
Here's the non-traditional safety equipment for those of us who wing it:
I'm not really a glove squirrel, maybe I just have a glove nest.
This is an overview of the basic safety things:
And finally here is my trauma kit for in case I cut off my hand with the chop saw. You can see the combat application tourniquet on top. It also has Z-clot bandages, chest seals, Nasopharyngeal airway tubes and such.
I heard a rumor there may also be a fire extinguisher coming to the shop soon, but that's a different story.