Workshop rules and safety considerations
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Workshop operating rules
- Food and drink is not permitted in the workshop.
- Notify workshop staff on entry to workshop.
- Always wear the correct protective equipment for the tools you are using. If in doubt ask.
- All chemicals (eg glues and paints.) MSDS must be checked through chemwatch for use in the workshop. All chemicals must be checked with workshop staff before use.
- Notify the workshop supervisor of any faulty or broken equipment immediately.
- Always ask if you are unsure how to use tools safely.
- Always keep clear of any person operating tools and machinery.
- Do not talk to anyone operating electrical equipment and machinery.
- Leads are to be kept up off the floor.
- Keep your work area tidy and make sure your work piece is fixed securely before work commences.
- Clean up any spills immediately.
- Always wash hands after using equipment and materials.
- Tools of any kind are not to be removed from the workshop without permission.
- We encourage any suggestions for improving the layout and safety in the workshop. Suggestions can be made to the workshop staff.
Safety in the Workshop
* Students that are affected by drugs or alcohol are not permitted in the Workshop
Students with any health problems that may affect workplace safety (eg. medication, epileptic fits) must report this condition to the workshop staff.
Clothing & footwear
All loose clothing (eg shirts hanging out) must be tucked in.
- Safety boots or enclosed shoes must be worn in the workshop. Do not enter under any circumstances without this footwear. (There are no exceptions to this rule)
- Long hair has to be tied up including fringes.
- Some rings are a hazard, preferably do not wear them.
- Students that wear glasses must be aware that their ordinary glasses are not safety glasses. They are only impact resistant and may shatter.
Common workplace safety
- Safety Glasses and Hearing Protection: Every person entering the workshop must collect these items from just inside the door. They must be worn when machinery is being used in the workshop, but as they are forgotten sometimes, preferably worn at all times.
- It is the responsibility of each student to keep his or her work area clean and tidy. This will be done during and after the completion of your project.
- Take care when walking past other students using tools as you may bump them or get tangled in the lead. This could lead to a serious injury to you or the operator of that tool.
When entering workshop
When you enter the workshop, pick up your hearing and eye protectors and immediately report to the workshop supervisor
Machinery that students are not allowed to operate includes:
- Drop Saws
- Sac Panel Bench Saw
- Bench Rip Saw
- Pressure Testing Machine
- Milling Machine
- Plastic Moulder
- C.N. Router
- Circular Saws
Tools used only under strict supervision:
* Router and Trimmer
All other tools may be used by students as long as they have been inducted into the workshop, and been tested in there capability to use them. Records are kept to which tools each student can operate.
Students are not permitted in the office of the workshop. If tools are required, ask the work supervisor.
* Fooling around and practical jokes in the workshop will not be tolerated. These students will be told to leave.
All accidents, cuts and abrasions must be reported before leaving the workshop.
If an accident does happen, no matter how small, it must be reported to the workshop staff and an Accident Report Form filled out. Filling out this form is imperative for any future complications resulting from this accident.
Fires or other Emergencies
Think before reacting to any emergency in the workshop. It is easier to cope with one victim than two. Do not attempt to fight any fire unless you have been trained to do so.
When students are operating machinery all other students are to stay clear and not to talk to the operator. If you feel uneasy or unsafe operating any tools or machinery in the workshop, inform the workshop supervisor and help will be provided.
Materials in the Workshop
The University has materials that can be purchased by students. For some major projects the materials are bought to save students time and effort getting them but they do have to be purchased by the student. After major clean ups some materials are suitable for reuse. Always check the Model Assembly Area, as this is where it is stored. There is no charge for this material.
Exiting the Workshop
Before you leave the workshop check that any tools you have been using have been put away in the appropriate spots, cleaned up your work area and have notified the workshop staff.
Workshop safety is everyone’s responsibility