Machine Shop Safety

There are common hazards associated with the use of machine shop equipment and tools. This page provides guidance on the use of personal protective equipment, machine guarding, and recommended safety policies.

General Shop Safety Training and Resources

If your group does not have existing safety training/documentation,  START HERE. Some of the items may not be applicable to your work, and some additional training not listed may be required.

Please contact EHS for more information.

Shop Safety Rules

Shop safety rules poster

Download the Shop Safety Rules Poster (PDF)

Note: Shop supervisors and monitors may prohibit shop access or machinery use for any reason.

Shop Safety Training

Students Who Work in Machine Shops

EHS wants to ensure that all employees and students who work in machine shops have the basic training to keep themselves and their colleagues safe. Please keep these rules in mind and take our OH 500 Machine Shop Safety Training (UT EID Required).

For Machine Shop Supervisors:

All employees who are responsible for the safe operations of the equipment in their shop must take Shop Supervisor Training (Machine Guarding) initially and every two years. This person is responsible for filling out the Machine Shop Inspection Form. This training will provide employees the knowledge to correctly fill out the form to ensure continuous safe operations of the safety devices on fixed equipment.

Departments can always create a more detailed inspection form, but they must incorporate all the applicable elements in the university form. Currently we ask that departments retain inspection forms available upon request from EHS. Departments can contact EHS for guidance on correcting deficiencies found on inspections.

The Shop Safety Training Checklist (PDF) provides shop supervisors with guidance as to basic elements that must be completed in site specific shop training. The form must be available upon request either electronically or hard copy.

Additional Resources

Machine Shop Safety Workshop (2.12.14)

EHS hosted a machine shop safety workshop on February 12, 2014. This workshop was held for faculty and staff who have responsibility over the safe operation of fixed equipment. The presentations are provided in the links below. If you have any questions please contact EHS at (512) 471-3511.