Machine shops are present in many departments and academic laboratories for use by faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors. Working in academic shops or laboratories with hazards normally associated with shops carries risk of exposure and injury due to hazardous materials, tools, and heavy equipment. Shop equipment and tools, if not handled properly, may result in a serious injury or even death. Additionally, there are F&S Safety and Compliance Office of Safety and Health (F&S OSH) Industrial Safety Programs that may apply to your laboratory or shop that you must be in compliance with.
The Office of Safety, in conjunction with F&S OSH, is available to conduct risk assessments and provide your group assistance to ensure your shop or laboratory is safe and compliant.
Use the tiles below to read more about these selected programs. To learn about these and other safety programs and how they may apply to your work area you can visit F&S OSH.
Crane and Hoist Safety Program
This Program applies to all students, faculty and staff who are required to work with or around cranes and hoists as part of their employment.
Program Audit Checklist - If your unit requires a Crane and Hoist Safety Program and would like assistance in ensuring they meet all the requirements on this checklist, the F&S OSH and other qualified personnel will assist supervisors and individuals in fulfilling these obligations upon request. Please contact us or F&S OSH directly to schedule this consult.
Intro to cranes and hoists: - Grey Safety (1h 50min video)
Elevated Work Program
Any work done on a surface 4 feet or greater above an adjacent lower level needs to be evaluated to ensure that any fall hazards are addressed. The Grainger Office of Safety in conjunction with F&S OSH can assist you with this assessment (Fall Hazard Evaluation).
Machine Guarding Program
Each Campus Unit shall conduct machine guarding assessments utilizing these Guidelines, manufacturer instructions, national consensus standards, applicable federal or state regulations, or other appropriate guidance or recommendations. Safeguards must protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards, such as those created by point of operation, in-running nip points, rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks.
Guarding Checklists - F&S OSH
Additional Safety Considerations (i.e. Training , miscellaneous aids, machine maintenance) - OSHA
Powered Industrial Trucks Program
Operator training, evaluation and certification shall be conducted by designated personnel who have the knowledge, training and experience to train prospective forklift operators and evaluate their proficiency. Initial training is the responsibility of the campus unit. Contact F&S OSH for assistance in identifying options for training providers.
Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) Program
The LOTO Program provides detailed information on how energy sources must be locked and tagged out before employees perform any servicing or maintenance activities where the unexpected energizing, start-up, or release of stored energy could cause injury.
Hearing Conservation Program
The selection of appropriate hearing protection shall be made only after a determination of the potential exposure of University personnel to high levels of noise. A noise assessment of the workplace shall be conducted; including area surveys and/or noise dosimetry. OSH can conduct the noise assessment or assist the unit in identifying other providers.
Campus personnel that suspect occupational noise exposure can report it by submitting a Noise Assessment Request.
Last Updated: 6/8/2023 9:37:43 AM