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Machine Shop Policy

Machine Shop Policy

7/1/2014

  •  General Policy
    • Hours of operation:
      • M-F,  7:30 AM – 3:00 PM.
      • Qualified independent users M – F, 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM.
    • Only UMBC related machining allowed.

 

  • General Safety Rules
    • Read the operators manual, or comparable literature, before using any equipment.
    • Do not use any equipment unless you have been properly trained, certified and given permission by the shop supervisor.
    • Inspect equipment before each use for safety and damage.
    • Never use damaged equipment.
    • Do not repair equipment unless you are trained.
    • Only use equipment for the purpose for which it was designed.
    • Always select the correct bit, cutter, blade or grinder for the material you are working with.
    • Never use power tools before they have reached operating speed or while they are coming to a stop.
    • Always secure work pieces with clamps or vices to keep them from moving.
    • Keep hands away from cutting edges and moving parts.
    • Never leave machines running unattended.
    • Never operate machines while using personal electronic devices like cell phones or iPods.
    • Any horseplay, misuse or neglect of the facility or the equipment will result in fines and loss of use.
  • Cleanliness
    • Work areas to be kept clean and uncluttered.
    • To eliminate tripping and sliding, floors are to be kept free of objects, cords, scraps and oil.
    • Equipment and tools are to be cleaned after use.
    • Spilled liquids must be cleaned up immediately.
  • Compressed Air
    • Compressed air must not be used to clean off clothing or your person.
    • Compressed air is not to be directed at other people.
    • Compressed air that is used for cleaning work areas, workbenches and equipment, shall not exceed 30psi.
    • Chip guarding will be used and eye protection will be worn when using compressed air.
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    • Protective Clothing
      • When working with hazardous material, protective clothing is required.
      • Protective clothing is chosen with the help of the shop supervisor or the ESH office.
      • Loose clothing, such as, neckties, sweaters, flowing sleeves, lanyards, necklaces and other loose dandling jewelry, shall not be worn in the machine shop.
      • Rings, bracelets, wristwatches, and related items should be removed prior to machine use.
      • Do not use heavy work gloves in close proximity to moving machinery.
      • Shorts or pants with cuffs should be avoided during shop use.
      • Long hair must be tied back.
      • Steel toe shoes are required.
      • Reusable protective clothing, such as work gloves, face shields and respirators, must be visually inspected before each use.
    • Eye Protection
      • Safety glass or goggles must be worn in the shop.
      • Ordinary prescription glasses are not designed to provide adequate protection against occupational hazards.
      • Prescription safety glasses are recommended for employees who need corrected vision.
      • Additional eye or face shield protection may be required for chemicals, ultraviolet light and machined material shavings.
    • Protective Gloves
      • When working with electrical, chemical, temperature or mechanical/physical hazards, appropriate gloves are required.
    • Respirators
      • The proper respirator must be worn as needed.
    • Hearing Protection.
      • Hearing protection is required as per OSHA standard 1910.95.
      • OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) is 90 dBA for all workers for an 8-hour day.