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It has been a long time since I have noticed a post about guidelines for safe routing. Here are some rules from my shop that you may want to use for your own.

1. Everyone wears safety glasses. I tell people to bring their own but keep a few extra pair in a box by the entry door.

2. Hearing protection when machines are running. Again I tell people to bring their own but keep a large box of disposable ear plugs by the entry door.

3. Dust masks when needed. (At this point I bet you can guess where they are)

4. Routers are unplugged before changing bits or making height adjustments. Every time, no exceptions, ever.

5. When bits are used with a fence they are turned by hand while unplugged to be sure they clear. Starting a router with the bit in contact with the fence is the fastest way to strip off the carbide tips and send them flying.

6. Dust collection is used when ever possible. (And that is just about all the time)

7. When working on a router table without a fence, safety starting pins or a VacGuard is used.

8. Fingers stay at least 3" away from a bit. (or blade) I have a good selection of push sticks, push blocks, push pads and GRRippers on hand.

9. Fire extinguisher and first aid supplies on hand.

10. Nobody uses a power tool until they learn about it.

11. When in doubt stop what you are doing and ask about it!


I know some of this may seem a bit extreme. Nobody has ever been injured more than a sliver in my shop and I intend to keep it that way. I welcome comments and suggestions.
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Indeed, safety first. The owner's manuals keep you guessing but they're getting better.
Smart to bring this up again Mike.
More on this.
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Pat, I want all our members to stay safe and the way to do that is to keep reminding everyone. Great info on your link.

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can we add to that???
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By all means yes Stick. That is the whole point; to get the discussion going.

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Great points guys . I'm going to add one of my own , don't operate power tools with a hangover

Seems as though every time I'm hung over things go south

Oh and tie your shoe laces lol . Believe it or not that can be an issue

I donít always insulate , but when I do .
Ok ,I never insulate

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Mike and Stick have pretty well covered the basics. Safety is a common sense approach that people fight out of laziness. Those types have no place in a shop environment. Safety is a culture that has to be embraced, accepted and practiced. One that happens it becomes second nature. The goal at the end of the day is to leave the way that you came; 10 finger, 10 toes, all limbs, eyesight, hearing etc. intact.

Eye, hand, and hearing protection should be, or become, second nature to anyone entering an area with any type of machinery. Loose clothing, long unrestrained hair and jewelry are often overlooked, also.

I have spent almost 40 years as a safety professional. I have heard all the excuses, seen all of the work-a-rounds, dealt with the "it'll never happen to me attitudes", and can tell some pretty horrific stories of those that ignored the basics.

Humans are basically weak and lazy, we find it is easier to ignore and avoid what causes us more work. That is the attitude that must be changed. You need to go out of your way to consistently wear those safety glasses, hearing protection, or dust mask. Sooner or later it becomes a habit and no longer causes more work.

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Thank you for the reminder...and the reading material...

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Thanks for posting Mike. We all need reminders. It only takes a fraction of a second for a serious injury to occur...we can never be too safe.
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All that I can add to what has been said is that one or two GRR-Rippers pretty well guaranty the continued possession of all ten fingers.
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