Safety

You must pass the Safety Test prior to working in the HMC Machine Shop. You should receive immediate notification of whether or not you passed. Note that safety tests are only good for a calendar year. Working without a valid safety test is an Honor Code violation.

Although the shop can be a lot of fun, it can also be quite dangerous. To that end, we would like to remind you to:

  • Think ahead
  • Use common sense
  • Do not trust machines
  • Always wear safety glasses
  • Pay attention to what you are doing
  • Read and understand everything in both of the safety documents below.

More specifically:

  • Observe material type and thickness restrictions for all machines.
  • Observe posted speed guidelines.
  • Do not remove or defeat guards on any machines - this is considered an honor-code violation by the administration.
  • Clean up your scrap pieces carefully (they are razor sharp!) and dispose of them properly (in the metal-recycling bins).
  • Use a push-stick or push-block when you are pushing towards the blade or using a lot of force.
  • If you are going to use the SawStop in the wood shop, read the safety documentation located on this page.
  • Use the appropriate lubricant for your application.
  • Do not distract a person operating a machine, avoid making loud noses.
  • Use the proper tool for the job. Many injuries in the shop occur because a wrench slips and a hand hits a sharp cutting tool.
  • Keep your fingers clear of the point of operation of machines by using special tools or devices, such as a push stick, hooks, pliers, etc. Never use a rag or gloves near moving machinery.
  • Report near-accidents along with accidents. Actions taken to correct any minor problems can help avoid future mishaps.
  • A hard hammer should not be used to strike a hardened tool, another hard hammer, or any machine part. Use a soft-faced/lead/brass hammer only.

Safety Videos:

  • Note: Some of the information in these videos are not current and will be updated as soon as possible. If you notice any conflicting information please follow the instructions in HMC Machine Shop Safety Manual below.

See the HMC Machine Shop Safety Manual (below) for more thorough guidelines and machine-specific safety practices.


HMC Machine Shop Safety Manual


Hand Tool Safety

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