1. Follow all practices in Code of Safe Practice #5 Power Tools.
2. Always wear appropriate PPE (safety eyewear, hearing protection, etc.).
3. Ensure all gear and belt guards are in place prior to using a lathe. Never wedge guards open or remove guards.
4. Inspect the stock prior to turning. Stock should have straight grain and be free from defects. Defective stock may break apart during work.
5. If the stock is glued, allow at least 24 hours for the glue to cure and ensure joints are tight and secure before turning.
6. Ensure that all cutting tools are sharp and in good condition.
7. Ensure the stock is firmly secured before turning.
8. Tool rests should be properly adjusted to conform with the material being worked on. In general, keep the tool rest ⅛ inch above the center of the work to allow greater tool control and within ¼ inch away from the work for greater leverage.
9. Ensure that tailstock, tool holder and work are properly clamped before turning on power.
10.Do not attempt to stop work from turning with your hands. Use the brake or turn off the power and wait for the work to stop turning.
11. Rough out stock at slow speeds.
12. Keep your hands and all body parts off of the chuck rims when the lathe is in operation.
13. Never leave the chuck wrench in a chuck and never adjust a tool while the lathe is running.
14. Never apply a wrench to revolving work or parts.
15. When filing work in a lathe, always face the headstock and chuck.
16. Always use a brush to remove chips; never your hands.
17. Before removing your work from the lathe, remove the tool bit.