Shop Safety

What Can Be Classified As a "Shop"

Shop Safety applies to any department on campus, at field stations, or on leased property where powered equipment is presently used which could cause harm to operators.

Shop activities are often part of campus teaching, research, and facilities maintenance. Examples of shop work include, but are not limited to:

  • Material Handling: craning, hoisting, rigging, lifting, transporting, carrying, or otherwise moving shop-process materials or equipment from one location to another.
  • Equipment Development / Model Building/ Testing: including machine building, hydraulics building or use, compressed air use, research equipment development and modifications, model building, destructive testing, and other kinds of equipment repairs or maintenance. 
  • Plastics Work: including machining, bending, burning, bonding, cutting, drilling, gluing, melting, forming, etc.
  • Electrical Work: including equipment building, circuit design and building, writing, control system building or repair, etc.
  • Glass Work: including glass blowing, glazing, annealing, tempering, bonding, grinding, drilling, hot-work with glass materials, etc.
  • Surface Modification: including sandblasting, painting, surface preparation, laminating, burning, etching, masking, etc.
  • Carpentry and Woodworking: including cutting, drilling, sanding, carving, routing, grinding, planing, gluing, bonding, fastening, etc.
  • Plumbing Work: including water delivery and distribution, pneumatics, hydraulics, or any other kind of equipment development/ installation/ maintenance involving liquids or gases flowing through pipes.
  • Metal Working: including sheet metal forming, machining, grinding, riveting, cutting, threading, casting, forging, heat-treating, quenching, welding, brazing, soldering, drilling, etc.