Occupational Health & Safety 'Ibles

After running a short thread about NOT sanding glass without serious respiratory protection, the idea of having Occupational Health and Safety Instructables was brought up. (Thanks, psycholily!)

There are a lot of great howtos around here, and many of them touch on potentially harmful techniques. Not that this is a bad thing, and most authors will remark on safety issues, but I feel that many do not discuss how to keep safe.

If we could have a few professionals post simple ibles about how to keep safe while performing various tasks that appear regularly on the site, that would be GREAT.

Things such as:
Respiratory protection - what do you need for sanding, painting, glasswork, welding, etc.
Eye protection - wood work, soldering, welding, etc.
Physical covering - is a long-sleeved shirt and jeans sufficient? Do you need gloves?
Proper Cleanup and Disposal of various materials - what's safe, what's legal?

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Kiteman8 years ago
I doubt you will get people posting specific projects on being safe, especially regarding what is or is not legal.

  • The law varies from state-to-state, nation-to-nation, even county-to-county.
  • Giving legal advice (especially saying that a particular action is legal) leaves one open to subsequent litigation.
Plus, I genuinely do not think we need them. Safety should always be the responsibility of the person performing the action, but an expectation that all instructions has let people abdicate that responsibility.

Over-concentration on safety also breeds fear of trying new stuff.

. I don't see why someone couldn't publish some general rules without leaving themselves open to a lawsuit. Eg, when to eschew a dust filter and use a respirator. . Granted, environmental laws are highly variable, but someone should be able to come up with some sensible guidelines. . > Safety should always be the responsibility of the person performing the action . I couldn't agree with you more, but how I am to learn what is safe? Trial-and-error doesn't sound like the best option. Sure wish there was an iBle on that. ;) . > Over-concentration on safety also breeds fear of trying new stuff. . Under-concentration on safety leads to Death.
What I mean is, I doubt we'll get an all-encompassing "safety ible". General safety - wear a mask if it's dusty, don't stick your finger in the socket - should be something a Maker already knows before they're let loose alone in their shed. New dangers ("don't drop the Q37 into sawdust or it will squirt cyanide on your gerbils") they should be warned about as they arise, in the the appropriate project, since you're not going to go and look for a specific safety ible every time you use a new material or skill. On top of that, given the international nature of this site, and the incredibly wide range of skills and situations covered, any safety ible will end up with more comments than ible, and half of them will be contradicting the other half.
More specific safety, or "tool tips" I'bles:

  • How to apply potting compound when you've modded your 120V PSU
  • How to properly use a deburring tool, and avoid really nasty metal splinters
  • When is opening a window good enough, and when should you really use a filter mask, when working with solvents
  • How to handle a weapon without killing yourself or your friends (already done :-)
I think that if I'bles actually had a "Safety" category, people with knowledge in certain areas (like Nacho, or Westfw, or Skunkbait, or me) might be more encouraged to put together "recommendation" or "commentary" on specific subjects.
Searches are used to choose the projects of "burning question" contests - I wonder if we'll ever see a safety question?
Well we might...
. OK. You make some good points ... but I still think it would work.
. I am rather surprised to hear such a response from "The Answer Is Nearly Always Yes" Kiteman. ;)
I wasn't saying don't, I was saying why I didn't think safety professionals would do that, and why they wouldn't be useful in the longer term.

Have you ever searched for an ible on being safe with something?
Safe handling of firearms?
. Make that into a link and we can call it SPAM.
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