It is the policy of The Ohio State University (OSU) to take precautions to eliminate hazards associated with the use of hand and power tools; and to ensure employees are properly trained to utilize these tools in a safe manner to minimize injuries related to their use in OSU machine shops. This Machine Shop Safety Program provides an overview of shop safety to minimize injury and/or accidents associated with machine shop activities.To prevent serious injury, the OSU Shop Safety program is built around four general safety rules:
Users must receive training and demonstrate competency before using shop equipment.
Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) shall be worn while working in the shop.
A minimum of two (2) persons shall be present at all times while shop equipment is in use. Never work alone.
Proper storage and general housekeeping shall be maintained at all times.
The purpose of this program is to outline the requirements to minimize/eliminate machine shop related injuries. This program is developed in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and OSU Programs and policies. The Machine Shop Safety Program establishes and outlines the OSU Environmental Health & Safety, departmental, supervisor and user responsibilities; identification of safety hazards and control measures; and training, inspection and recordkeeping for OSU machine shops.
The program applies to all OSU employees whose work duties require them to utilize equipment within machine shops. All hand and powered tools and other hand-held equipment utilized at OSU for construction, alteration, repair, demolition, electrical, plumbing, vehicle maintenance and general purposes are covered by this policy. This program covers all rooms that are dedicated to the housing of shop equipment and are used for student instruction, the completion of student tasks or the completion of work by OSU employees.
The Shop Safety Program provides inspections and recommendations to shops for the hazards present. The CFAES Safety and Health Coordintor and EHS will work with the shop personnel to reduce complinace issues and ensure all appropriate programs, and training, are in place to protect workers from hazards they may encounter as part of their work requirements.