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Safety Factors Built into the System
Important Safety Equipment
General Safety Rules for Power Tools

MARK V Introduction
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Important Safety Equipment

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Figure 1-31. These are devices that protect you from eye, ear, face and respiratoiy injuries. Their cost is slight when you consider the protection they afford. And they can be used for activities in addition to power tool work.

Besides the built-in safety features of the machines, there is other safety equipment that you'll need to add to your shop.

Eye, Ear and Nose Protection--Figure 1-31 shows products that should be standard equipment in any shop. They don't saw, sand, drill or plane, but they protect you when doing such operations. Safety glasses, goggles or a face shield should be worn for all work-shop operations. Ordinary eye-glasses do not provide adequate eye protection.

Many people feel that a dust mask should only be worn when doing sanding operations. Actually, sawing, jointing, planing, shaping and routing can produce dust that is fine enough to accumulate in the lungs--a potentially harmful situation. Warning: The bonding agents in some plywoods can irritate the throat and lungs; the dust from some woods can be toxic causing an allergic reaction or other injury. Wear a respirator when doing any operation that produces fine particles. Be sure to clean or replace the filters in the respirator regularly.

When you work around power equipment, hearing protectors are just as important as eye protectors. Warning: High frequencies can be generated by high-speed motors and even some wood-working operations. The effects are cumulative; each prolonged exposure can have an effect that, over the years, may result in a hearing loss. A good pair of hearing protectors will screen out high frequencies while still permitting normal conversation.

Dust Collection System--As you work, with your Shopsmith Woodworking System, you'll find there's another hazard that literally springs up under your feet if you don't do something about it--sawdust.

Sawdust like other woodworking clutter, can cause you to lose your footing and fall into the machinery. It can also be a fire hazard. Tracking sawdust from your shop into your home can be a nuisance to those with whom you live. Warning: Breathing sawdust can be a health hazard. Several medical studies have shown that prolonged exposure to sawdust may cause impaired breathing. Sawdust may also cause you physical discomfort, especially if you have emphysema, asthma, or an allergic reaction.

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Figure 1-32. To help control sawdust, attach the hoses from your dust collection system to the dust chutes on your power tools. For virtually dust-free woodworking use the Shopsmith Dust Collector.

If you work in a shop where the dust in the air can become highly concentrated, or if your wood-working generates a lot of fine wood dust, wear a close-fitting dust mask, open a window and use an exhaust fan to ventilate your shop.

One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the effects of sawdust and keep your shop clean at the same time is to use a dust collection system. The hoses from a system connect to the dust chutes on your power tools. The Shopsmith Dust Collector (Figure 1-32) is an extremely effective dust collection system. It will give you virtually dust-free woodworking.

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