Machine Hazards

There are many types of machines and laboratory equipment on campus that are used as part of research. Many of them can be hazardous and cause serious injury if not used safely. Never use a machine or any equipment unless you have been trained on the proper use and the safety requirements of the equipment.

Research laboratories may use equipment such as Bunsen burners, rotary evaporators, autoclaves, hot plates and centrifuges that can be hazardous.

Machine Shops have many tools that can be hazardous, including lathes, milling machines, table saws and drill presses.

Department heads, Principal Investigators and supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all employees, students and visitors work safely in machine shops or when working with any machine or tool that can cause injury. The safety requirements include, but are not limited to access control, training and work rules and procedures.

EH&S Policy "Machine Shop Safety" contains requirements for machine shops or when working with any machine or tool that can cause injury (see For additional information below for link).

Before working with any equipment, it is important to conduct a hazard review to determine what safety methods must be used. This handout can be used to assist with the hazard review:

All Machine Shops must be inspected for safety hazards. This handout can be used for the self-inspections:

Everyone working in a Machine Shop on campus must complete the EH&S Machine Shop Safety training.

Students - Do you want to work in the machine shop?

  • Complete the EH&S on-line Blackboard course: EOS 029 Machine Shop Safety.
  • Print the "My Grades" page to show you passed the quiz with 80% or better.
  • Print the "Machine Shop Safety Rules and Agreement".
  • Sign the Agreement.
  • Attach the "My Grades" print out.
  • Give both papers to the Shop Supervisor.
  • Attend the Shop Supervisor's training.
  • Sign in the log book every time you work in the shop.
  • Always use the "buddy system"! Never work alone in the shop!

For additional information:

Printer-friendly version Print