- Wear personal protective equipment (safety
glasses) when using drills, grinding equipment, saws, wire brushes,
or similar equipment even if you're making just one cut.
- Check your working materials carefully before
proceeding. Make sure there are no nails, bolts or flaws before
you run the materials through saws or other power tools.
- Make sure all guards are in place prior to
using power tools. Never wedge saw guards open or remove guards.
- Inspect the saw to see that the blade is
sharp, free of cracks, and properly adjusted. Do not use power
saws with dull or "burned" blades.
- Keep work areas clean of all scraps that
might touch the saw blade and be thrown back. Never use your
hands to remove debris from saw table. Use a brush.
- Don't cut material unless it is properly
supported. Do not support it with your hand or arm and not against
your knee or foot. Do not cut any material next to your body.
- Do not force material through any saw.
Allow the blade to do the cutting.
- Get help when cutting long or bulky material.
- After the saw has stopped, clean off the
saw table of all dust, chips, debris, etc.
- When walking by operating power equipment,
be careful to avoid flying particles or accidental contact with
- Don't walk away from a power saw until the
blade is completely stopped.
- Disconnect power before changing blades,
belts or bits (see Lockout/Tagout).