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The distance between a pat on the back and a kick in the pants is not that far. That tolerance between Safety and Stupidity is a little tighter. Let us face a little reality. Getting out of bed in the morning could be the stupidest thing you could do. Then again, how many people just drop dead walking in the streets? So, get your lazy adipose tissue out of bed and cheat death! The bathroom alone contains serious hazards. If you make it out of there alive you've cheated death once again. Once you're out of the house, not only are you in peril of your own stupidity, but from the heathens around you. Now that you made it home safety, let us discuss a little shop safety, since cruising around with an eye patch, missing fingers, toes or a crushed chest isn't too cool. Although some chicks might dig it, they're probably freaky. The kind that would wake you up with a steak knife to your chest. That's not safe, by the way.
Eye protection is necessary. I can't count the number of times debris and fluids had a glide path that intersected my eyes. Safety glasses don't work when hydraulic fluid sprays in your face. You need the proper safety equipment for the type of work you'll be doing. I had a boss that used to break my balls when he caught me without safety glasses when I was working in the LD3 shop. The funny thing is that when I did have them on and was drilling overhead, when I looked down and then back up I got a shaving that bounced between the glasses and my eye. Well, you can't blink fast enough. Fortunately the guy I was working with was a witness and drove me to the emergency room. I didn't get a disciplinary report put in my file.(Like it makes a difference now that I'm laid off and the company is bankrupt.) A few weeks go by and the boss comes in with a shined left eye and a bloodshot eyeball. I figured the wife hit him with a pot. It took about three weeks before I got him to confess. He was in a rush and was turning some bar stock on a lathe at home. "It happened so fast" he said, he saw stars and darkness before he heard the clinking of the steel on the floor. After a few seconds of darkness he picked his glasses up off the floor, which were not safety glasses, but did take the brunt and protect is eyeball. Glasses, face shield, and Goggles what ever you have use it.
Clothing should be a necessity when working in the shop. Unless it's the Body Shop were the beer is expensive. Use some common sense here. If you're welding, wear heavy leather boots and long sleeves. I learned the hard way when a BB size molten piece of welding rod burnt through my nylon sneaker. If you're wearing flammable clothing practice your drop and roll. A word of advice, pick up the dog pooh on the lawn first. If you have ever knelt on a screw or pebble the sharp pain should be enough to make you wear knee pads.
Chemicals are a necessity in any maintenance program. Wearing the proper respirator is imperative. Read the cartridge list of organic or non-organic mediums it protects against.

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If you don't understand it, call the manufacturer. I'm sure they will be glad to help. Proper fit of the respirator is very important. If the fumes or dust squeeze past, What good is it?
  When Jacking up a car always do it on a level surface. If you don't have one, find one stupid! Once inertia takes hold it's over. Unless you turn green when you get mad and can bench a car, you'll end up with a Darwin award. When the rescue squad shows up and takes pictures you'll end up on the web. Hopefully with your pants on. Use a pair of jack stands as a secondary to the jack. Jack Stand  
Dusty Face Latex a quintessential emulsion of synthetic rubber or plastic. In the shop, at home, and the back seat of your car latex is there to protect you. A plethora of manufacturers produce many different varieties of latex products. Gloves with knobs for better grip, different thickness and a variety of chemical resistance. Whether you stretch one on your hands or head you can reduce the risk of contamination. Blue Gloves
Although I've made light of safety, it's no joke when you get hurt. It only takes a split second, so try to ask yourself "If I do this what is the out come I expect?" Remember for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. BE SAFE! BECAUSE IF YOU DIE, YOU CAN'T COME BACK AND LOOK AT MY SITE. (I know I'm selfish) sans-serif" size="2">(Just in case you read this and get hurt. I'm not responsible, since I'm not standing over your shoulder to smack you in the back of the head.