Safety Policy

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The safety of everyone at Reforge Charleston is paramount, any activities that compromise that will need to be addressed immediately.

Common Safety Rules

The emergency phone numbers are:

Leeds Security Desk: 843-745-1109


Report all injuries.

  • Do not attempt to remove foreign objects from the eye or body.
  • If chemicals get in the eye(s),wash eye(s) for 15 minutes in an open flow of water before proceeding for medical treatment. Use protective gear. Dress right.

Use protective gear. Dress right.

  • Wear eye protection: safety glasses with side shields, goggles, or face shields at all times, whether working or not!!
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around moving or rotating machinery.
  • Remove ties, jewelry, gloves, etc. especially around moving or rotating machinery.
  • Tie back or cover long hair to keep it away from moving machinery.
  • Wear only shoes that cover the entire foot, no open-toe shoes or sandals.
  • Wear suitable gloves when handling hot objects, glass, or sharp-edged items.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the job (i.e., do not wear short sleeve shirts or short pants when welding). Prepare.


  • Safety is your top priority when using the shop. If you are not sure what you are doing, ask.
  • Know all the locations of all first aid, fire, and safety equipment.
  • Never use a tool unless you’ve been trained to use it safely.
  • Never work alone when using power tools. Two persons must be present and be able to see one another.
  • Sign in before using any equipment.
  • Do not work in the shop if tired, or in a hurry.
  • Do not fool around, startle, or distract anyone (not even with a conversation) while either one of you is using a tool.
  • Think through the entire job before starting. Prepare prints or drawings with all dimensions and specifications prior to using machines. Use tools right.

Use tools right.

  • Use tools only as they were designed to be used. (A wrench is not a hammer.)
  • Never use a broken tool.
  • Report any broken tools or machines immediately.
  • Do not remove tools from the room.
  • Never walk away from a tool that is still on.
  • A hard hammer should not be used to strike a hardened tool or any machine part. Use a soft faced hammer.
  • Operate machines only with all required guards and shields in place. Clean up.

Clean up.

  • Clean up every time whenever you leave an area, including sweeping the floor.
  • Clean and return all tools to where you got them.
  • Use compressed air sparingly; never aim it at another person or use it to clean hair or clothes.
  • Shut off and unplug machines when cleaning, repairing, or oiling.
  • Never use a rag near moving machinery.
  • Use a brush, hook, or a special tool to remove chips, shavings, etc. from the work area. Never use the hands.
  • Keep fingers clear of the point of operation of machines by using special tools or devices, such as, push sticks, hooks, pliers, etc.
  • Keep the floor around machines clean, dry, and free from trip hazards. Do not allow chips to accumulate.
  • Mop up spills immediately and put a chair or cone over them if they are wet enough to cause someone to slip.