Safety First: Best Bench Practices


With safety, we’re usually our worst enemy: accidents happen only to others—until they happen to us. Most safety tips are good ol’ common sense, but going years without an accident can foster carelessness and a sense of invincibility.

Regularly review safety tips and manuals to take note of your work habits and hazards in your workspace.

Safety Glasses Icon Protect Your Vision

Our eyes are our most important tool, so shield them from harm—you get only one pair. Dust, fumes, chemical splashes, sharp particles, and more can cost you your sight. Always use eye protection when soldering, electroplating, casting, polishing, or using a flex shaft.

Duramass Hardcoat Safety Glasses

Adjustable temples for comfortable, custom fit. High-impact, polycarbonate lens has new lens coating for anti-fog, anti-UV, anti-static, and anti-scratch. ANSI 287.1-1989 standards.

Protective Body Gear Icon Wear Protective Body Gear

Wear upper body, hand, and arm protection, an apron, and a full-face shield when casting or working with caustic chemicals. Avoid gloves when operating a powered rolling mill.

Neoprene Plating Apron

We carry industrial aprons of various materials for multiple applications. Our inventory includes leather welding aprons, fire retardant aprons, denim aprons, and neoprene plating aprons. We also carry a variety of safety equipment such as eye & face protection and gloves

Allergy Jewelry Shield

Shields sensitive skin from jewelry irritation. Gives consumers unlimited personal choice in jewelry selection. Use on “all” skin irritating jewelry. Prevents skin discoloration.

3M® Blue Vetrap™ Tape

The ultimate in finger protection from cuts, burns, and abrasions. Allows user to handle small articles. Unique tape that only sticks to itself.

Abandon Cyanide Use Icon Abandon Cyanide Use

Cyanide (both sodium cyanide and potassium cyanide) is completely unnecessary. Cyanide causes death when ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. There are too many alternatives today to risk using cyanide.

Label & Properly Store Icon Label & Properly Store All Chemical Compounds

You should have a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) available for every compound. The MSDS contains information about safe chemical handling, storage, and disposal.

Dispose ChemicalsIcon Dispose Chemicals Safely & Lawfully

Many chemicals (and their containers) used in jewelry are too hazardous and illegal to be disposed of down the drain, burned, dumped on the ground, or thrown in your trash. Read labels for disposal directions, consult your MSDS, or contact your local waste agency for pickup.

Safe Workspace Icon Create A Safe Workspace

Use anti-fatigue mats for your back, feet, and hips; sit in an ergonomic chair at a bench/desk high enough to reduce back strain; place electrical out the way and keep a fire extinguisher within reach; survey your workspace and identify potential hazards.

Ventilate Icon Ventilate Your Workspace

Toxic fumes are often produced at the bench. Create cross ventilation if possible in your work area or create your own setup.

Respirator Icon Collect Particulate Matter

Venting particulates requires collecting them. Wear a properly fitting facemask or particulate respirator and use an OSHA-approved high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to trap particulates.

3M® 8212 N95 Particulate Respirator (PK10)

Lightweight, filtering face pieces that provide greater user comfort and acceptance in a wide variety of applications and certain particulates.

RESPIRATOR SELECTION PROCESS: Under NIOSH 42 CFR 84 there are nine classes of filter comprised of three levels of minimum filter efficiency and three categories of the resistance to the effects of oil in the workplace. The three levels of filtration efficiency are 95%, 99%, and 97% (100) against the most difficult particle size to filter.

The three categories of resistance to the effect of oil are N-Not resistant to oil, R-Resistant to oil, P-Oil-Proof.

 Hands & Fingers Safe From Tools Icon Keep Hands & Fingers Safe From Tools

When using sharp tools like a jewelers saw, keep extremities out of the travel direction.

First Aid KitIcon First Aid Kit

Burns, cuts, and abrasions are common when working at the bench. Stock your first-aid kit with bandages, assorted dressings, antibacterial ointments, and finger cots.

First Aid Kit

Be prepared! New first aid kits treat wounds and save lives. Discover the best value in first aid kits in this new Northern Kit that lets you set up a first aid station instantly, anywhere.

Premium quality contents treat up to 25 people. Six partitioned areas keep contents organized. Features convenient molded carry handle.

Loose & Dangling Objects Icon Avoid Loose & Dangling Objects

This applies to long and mid-length hair, loose clothing, and accessories like ties, scarves, and necklaces. Items and hair caught in tools and machinery can damage either object at best or rip them out and off you at worst.

Stop Eating At The BenchIcon Stop Eating At The Bench

Residue from chemicals, metal dust, and more can contaminate your food—and vice versa.

Do you practice safety in your store or at the bench? Any other tips you want to share with us? Share with us in the comments below!

For more safety tips, call our Tools Tech Team at 1-800-877-7777 ext. 4300. and have a safe day!

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