Milling Machine Safety Rules
- Work must be clamped securely in a vise and vise clamped tightly to the table, or, work must be clamped securely to the table.
- Do not take climb milling cuts on the shop’s mills unless instructed to do so.
- Make sure cutter is rotating in the proper direction before cutting material.
- Before running machine the spindle should be rotated by hand to make sure it is clear for cutting.
- Make sure the power is off before changing cutters.
- Always use the proper cutting fluid for the material being cut.
- Never run the machine faster than the correct cutting speed.
- Make sure that the machine is fully stopped before taking any measurements.
- Always use cutters which are sharp and in good condition.
- Don't place anything on the milling machine table such as wrenches, hammers, or tools.
- Always stay at the machine while it is running.
- Don't take too heavy a cut or use too rapid a feed.
- Remove the collet tightening wrench immediately after using it.
- If at all feasible rig a guard or shield to prevent chips from hitting other people.
- Use the milling machine spindle brake to stop the spindle after the power has been turned off.
- Before cleaning the mill remove cutting tools from the spindle to avoid cutting yourself.
Safety goes beyond a set of information and rules to memorize. Safety is a culture. You live it by learning it, and learn it by living it ... so that you and others can go on living. SAFETY is very important!