The safe way has to be the easy way.
I have several push sticks hanging around my shop: one right above the tablesaw, another next to the router table and a push paddle by the jointer.
The proximity between the safety device and the tool to be used has to be very close to ensure use. I don't waste any steps looking for these critical shop aids.
Likewise, my primary power tools are arrayed around one side of my bench. In the middle of that arc, I hang a pair of safety glasses and my hearing protection. I use plugs in conjunction with muffs as my shop is in the basement and the sound seems to be amplified by the concrete and low ceiling.
Lastly, I have a separate pair of ear muff hearing protectors that I hang on the handle of my miter saw. Its located out of the arc of most of my tools so I save myself some steps by keeping the extra muffs handy.
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