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Motorsport Fabrication Fundamentals: Safety Glasses

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Safety Glasses


00:00 - Before we get stuck into any actual fabrication, we need to speak about the risks involved in the workshop and the ways in which we can limit them.
00:07 I know that this is not the most exciting topic in the world of motorsport fabrication and you may be tempted to skip this section and jump straight into your first job but please don't.
00:17 Having had my own visit to the emergency room to have a small piece of metal removed from my eye, I can't stress enough how important the correct safety equipment is.
00:27 As you'll find in this section, there may often be several different products that you can use to offer your protection and each would have its own pros and cons.
00:35 Sufficed to say however that the popular safety squint technique has no place in the workshop and is about as ineffective as it sounds.
00:45 This set of modules will help you understand what you should be wearing for personal protection, what options are available and how to choose the options that are best for you and the job that you're completing.
00:56 The best way of avoiding an accident is a thorough understanding of the equipment you'll be using and the processes involved and the rest of this course covers this in detail.
01:06 Regardless how careful you are though, accidents can happen and that's where our PPE comes in as our last line of defence.
01:13 Personal protective equipment or PPE as it's commonly known, plays an extremely important role in keeping us safe in the workshop.
01:22 During any typical fabrication project, you'll quickly notice how much time we spend going back and forth between different tools and different processes.
01:30 Equipping your workshop with the correct PPE is a really easy way to cut down on the time it takes to get these fabrication jobs done and by setting up zones in your garage or workshop and equipping these zones with the appropriate PPE at arm's reach, you'll decrease the urge to take a shortcut and perform the job without wearing the right safety equipment.
01:51 Having the right PPE ensures that a simple accident doesn't turn into a big injury.
01:56 There's plenty of professional fabricators out there who have had minor accidents that have ended up resulting in them losing their sight and yet these accidents could have easily been prevented with a $20 pair of safety glasses.
02:08 On that note, the PPE that we probably use the most on a day to day basis is eye protection.
02:14 In a fabrication environment, we're dealing with a lot of material removal via grinding and cutting processes and it goes without saying that our eyes are extremely important to us so protecting them should always be our first priority.
02:27 There are a number of ways in which we can protect our eyes from debris.
02:31 This comes down to the operation you're performing and what level of protection you need to lower the risks.
02:38 In a typical fabrication environment we'd usually see three methods of eye protection used.
02:44 The first is safety glasses which come in many different styles and the selection is entirely up to your personal preference.
02:51 What's important is that they fit well and protect our eyes.
02:55 In particular, you want a pair that provides a close fit around your cheeks to minimise the chance of material entering between your face and the glasses.
03:03 I know this might sound unlikely, however that's exactly how I ended up in the emergency room many years back.
03:10 You typically use these glasses when working on removing material at a slow rate to protect yourself in the event that something was to be deflected into your eye.
03:19 The second option and one that eliminates any chance of material entering your eyes at all is a full coverage goggle that fits tightly to your face.
03:28 These goggles offer the eye complete protection from dust and sparks and can be useful in processes such as cutting, grinding or working overhead.
03:36 While the protection they offer is much better than a simple pair of safety glasses, they can be less comfortable over long periods of use and can restrict your peripheral vision.
03:45 The third option, and one that can be used in conjunction with goggles or glasses is the full face mask.
03:53 This is particularly handy when cutting or grinding where we may end up with sparks or debris being sprayed a significant distance.
04:00 Not only will the face mask offer further protection for your eyes, it also protects the rest of your face and neck from grinding sparks and debris.
04:08 It's normal for a fabricator to have multiple types of eye protection stored in various locations around the workshop.
04:15 As we move between fabrication processes regularly, it makes sense to minimise the time spent looking for these items and reduce the urge to go without.

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