Shop Safety Manual

10 Shop Safety C. General Shop Guidelines The hazards associated with shop work require special safety considerations. Whether you work in a metal, wood, glass, or electrical shop, the potential hazards for personal injury are numerous. This section highlights essential safety information for working in a shop. Shop Access Only authorized users (as defined by the department and its representatives) should have access to shop spaces. Training may be required before shop access is granted. Disposal of Oily Towels/Rags Oil or solvent soaked rags are a fire hazard and should be disposed of in an approved metal container. General Shop Safety The following general safety practices apply to all shops at Iowa State University (ISU). Shop supervisors may apply rules and enforce requirements that are more restrictive than the minimums listed below: • Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (closed toe/heel shoes and safety glasses). • Avoid practical jokes or other disruptive behavior. • Tie back long hair, restrict loose clothing and jewelry. • Food, drink, tobacco products, gum, medications, and cosmetics are not allowed in work areas. • Avoid distractions (ear buds, cell phone, etc.). • Avoid working alone in the shop, but when unavoidable, make arrangements with the shop supervisor, or a colleague to check on your status periodically. • Obtain approval from the shop supervisor before using any machines or tools. • Know the hazards associated with the work. • Ensure you are fully educated on the proper use and operation of any tool before beginning work. • Ensure adequate ventilation to prevent exposure when working with glues, lacquers, paints, dust, and fumes (welding.) • Ensure equipment guards and shields are in place. • Return tools to their proper locations. • Report damaged equipment to the monitor or supervisor. • Keep all work areas and aisles clean and unobstructed. • Know emergency procedures. Hair tied back Flammable safety can