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General Shop Safety Guidelines

Follow these guidelines for general shop safety:

  • Know the hazards associated with your work. Be sure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning a job.
  • Always wear appropriate safety gear and protective clothing.
  • Wear nitrile gloves when cleaning with degreasers or ferric chloride.
  • Ensure that there is adequate ventilation to prevent exposure from vapors of glues, lacquers, paints and from dust and fumes.
  • Maintain good housekeeping standards.
    • Keep the work area free from slipping/tripping hazards (oil, cords, debris, etc.).
    • Clean all spills immediately.
    • Remove sawdust, wood chips, and metal chips regularly.
    • It is recommended that electrical cords pull down from an overhead pulley rather than lying on the floor.
  • Leave tool and equipment guards in place.
  • Know where fire extinguishers are located and how to use them.
  • Make sure all tools and equipment are properly grounded and that cords are in good condition.
    • Double-insulated tools or those with three-wire cords are essential for safety.
    • Use extension cords that are large enough for the load and distance.
  • Secure all compressed gas cylinders. Never use compressed gas to clean clothing or skin.
  • Always use flashback arrestors on cutting/welding torches.
  • Take precautions against heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
  • Wear infrared safety goggles when appropriate.

Refer any questions regarding shop safety to the Facilities Department and/or EHSRM.


May 2011
Reviewed November 2014