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Machine Shop Safety

Machine Shops have many tools that can be hazardous, including lathes, milling machines, table saws and drill presses.

Department heads, Principal Investigators and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all employees, students and visitors work safely in machine shops or when working with any machine or tool that can cause injury. The safety requirements are described in the  Machine Shop Safety Policy and include, but are not limited to, access control, training, and work rules and procedures.

Before working with any equipment, it is important to conduct a  hazard review to determine what safety methods must be used. This handout can be used to assist with the hazard review:

All Machine Shops must be inspected for safety hazards. This handout can be used for the self-inspections:

Everyone working in a Machine Shop on campus must complete the EH&S  EOS 029 Machine Shop Safety training .

Students - Do you want to work in the machine shop?

  • Complete the EH&S on-line Blackboard course: EOS 029 Machine Shop Safety.
  • Print the "My Grades" page to show you passed the quiz with 80% or better.
  • Print the "Machine Shop Safety Rules and Agreement".
  • Sign the Agreement.
  • Attach the "My Grades" print out.
  • Give both papers to the Shop Supervisor.
  • Attend the Shop Supervisor's training.
  • Always use the "buddy system"! Never work alone in the shop!