Blacksmithing is a great hobby and source of income for many smiths. However, this field does come with its share of hazardous conditions. When setting up your blacksmithing workshop, it’s important to be aware of these conditions and how to safely navigate them. Here are the safety requirements for any blacksmithing workshop to know and follow.
Safe Equipment Handling
Be safe when it comes to handling equipment, and never try to use tools that you can’t handle. This is especially true for blacksmithing beginners, but all smiths of any skill level should respect this workshop rule. If you haven’t received proper training on a tool, don’t attempt to use it without professional supervision and instruction.
Access to First Aid and PPE
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is extremely important to blacksmiths and any type of smith working with hazardous materials. Before you enter the workshop for the day, always don the proper PPE like safety glasses, earplugs, gloves, and more. You should place these near the entrance to the shop so that you can put them on first thing. In terms of placement, also make sure to have a first aid kit and other safety materials within easy reach as well. This can help prevent injuries and offer quick aid.
Quench All Flames When Finished
The forge is the source of many fire outbreaks when it comes to blacksmithing shops. Practicing proper fire safety in the blacksmithing workshop starts at the forge. Make sure to fully quench and extinguish all your forge’s flames once you’re finished with your project. Never leave the forge unattended. You should also make sure to have a fire extinguisher on hand in your workshop if a fire were to spread beyond the forge. In case of a fire or gas emergency, make sure your workshop staff are all aware of the proper emergency procedures and how to exit the workshop.
Before you start your smithing work, make sure your space conforms to these safety requirements for any blacksmithing workshop. Utilizing safety tips and equipment is one of the most important parts of creating an ideal workspace for smithing.