Personal Safety in Ag Mechanics

Personal Safety in Ag
Ag I
Safety: Unit 1
•Freedom from
The Safe Place to Work
• Be aware of the hazards
• Take precautions
Precaution to Take to Make a Safer
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Install machinery according to specification’s
Keep tools and equipment adjusted or fitted to spec’s
Use tools and equipment skillfully
Provide proper storage for tools, materials, fuels, chemicals and waste
Keep work areas clean
Keep moving parts shielded
Manage all situations to avoid the likelihood of falling objects
Avoid areas where objects may fall
Avoid the flight path of objects that could be thrown by machines
Protect eyes, face, feet, and other parts of the body with protective clothing
and devices
Move slowly enough to avoid creating hazards to yourself and others
Read and heed all precautions
Protective Clothing and Devices
• Eyes, ears hands, arms, feet and legs are
easily injured
• Best protection is PREVENTION
• The next best approach is to protect the body
where injury may occur
Head 10%
Arms &
Body 25%
Legs 12%
Feet 12%
Injury may
occur to any
part of the body
working in the
Safety Glasses and Face Shields
• Face and eyes are the most critical body part
to be protected
• Glasses and goggles should have impact
resistant lenses and side shields
• They should fit the face
• Be clean
• Shaded lenses should be used for welding
– Clear lenses can be worn under a welding
Hair Restraints
• Long hair needs to be pulled back to keep it
from being caught in turning equipment
Versatile; protect arms, body, legs
Should fit well and be easily removable
Should button at or zip to the neck
Should not have cuffed sleeves or pant legs
Should be made of heavy cloth or leather
Protect the front of the body and upper legs
Should be limited in use to work at benches
Vinyl or rubber should be worn when liquids
are used
Shop Coats
• Same benefits of aprons plus additional
body protection
• Easy to put on
• Most used
• Leather shoes with steel toes are
• Our shop
– Closed toe shoes are required
– Tennis shoes are not recommended
• Protect hands
• Leather for protection from heat, abrasion or
• Rubber or vinyl for liquids or chemicals
Mask & Respirators
• Needed to filter out particles of dust or spray
• Should be worn when sanding, painting or
wherever dust is encountered
• Forced ventilation (shop fan) should be used
when welding
Ear Protection
• Recommended when the intensity, frequency
or duration of noise reaches certain levels
– Noise intensity—the energy in the sound waves
– Noise duration—the length of time a person is
exposed to a sound
• OSHA has established that a 90 dB noise
level for an 8 hour period is the maximum
safe limit
– The decibel (dB) is the standard unit of sound
• Safety is freedom from accident
• A safe place to work can be achieved by
being aware of hazards and take precautions
against them.
• Protective clothing such as safety glasses,
shop coats, and ear protection should be
worn at all times.

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