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  People who work in metal finishing shops are just like anybody else in
most ways They may be tall or short, young or old, male or female, smart
or stupid.

If they are smart and they decide to be Safety Platers a metal finishing
shop can be a great place to work. Because, in addition to earning a living,
they can engage in a vital industrial trade, learn a fascinating science,
practice an engrossing art, and carry forward an honorable profession.

But, if they choose to be stupid, trouble can come fast! Metal finishing
usually entails working with hot solutions, acids and alkalis and other
aggressive chemicals, liquids under pressure, and electricity. Frequently
the work also involves machinery, heavy loads, and sharp objects.

Although workers in plating and finishing shops suffer no more injuries than
those in other manufacturing jobs, most old timers can relate at least one
serious accident they know of. Each such accident has a real flesh
and blood person as its victim. Don't let the next one be you!

  •  What can you do to protect yourself ?
  •  Wear the proper protective gear for the task at hand.
  •  Don't take chances.
  •  Make sure you know how to do your job safely.
  •  Learn from the mistakes of others.
Wear the proper protective gear for the task at hand. You should learn
what is required. In situations where a chemical reaction or a dropped object might cause a splash, a full face shield is appropriate. Where a wider field of vision is required, for example in processing work through a tank line, ventilated goggles should be worn. Where no chemicals are employed for example in racking parts away from the line, wear safety glasses. Eyesight is too precious to risk! For most jobs, gloves are required, and often an apron and boots. Wear a properly selected, properly fitting, respirator when the job requires it. Hard hats can be effective in protecting yourself against bumps, and are a necessity if anyone is working overhead or if objects could fall from above Safety shoes should be worn to protect yourself from toe injuries. Look for an ANSI certification on all your protective equipment.

Don't take chances. In so many accidents, the victim knew he/she was taking a risky shortcut. Take the time to do the job right: don't improvise when safety could in any way be at risk. If you're not absolutely sure what chemicals you are adding and what the result will be, don't do it. If you're not sure the power has been properly locked out/tagged out, don't get in the path of machinery. If there is any chance that a pipe or hose is pressurized and can spray chemicals on you, don't open it. And please don't engage in horseplay in a finishing shop there is just too much potential danger present.

Make sure you know how to do your job safely. You must be properly trained, and fully understand the chemicals you are using and the equipment you are maintaining or operating. This booklet is not a substitute for hands-on training in the particulars of your specific job; rather, it is simply a reminder of some very important general points. The main body of this booklet is arranged in the form of "Do's and Don'ts", quick memory joggers to try to help you recollect some of the more important general safety points related to the particular task.
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