Shop Safety

There are a number of shops throughout campus including engineering, woodworking, arts, welding, scene shops, auto/diesel, aviation, and others.  These shops are chocked full of equipment which can be hazardous if used incorrectly.  UAA believes strongly in making sure that the employees and students using this equipment are educated or have proficiency in the operation of said equipment.  The links below are examples of or tools illustrating how this is done.  If you have a way that you are using that you feel is better than what our office has to offer, we would love to hear from you.  To EHS, the most important thing is that the employees and students receive training and work safely.  We are always interested in new and innovative ways to accomplish that.  Please contact our office with questions.

Most equipment has a specific way that it can be used safely.  Many times, the manufacturer will provide the information necessary to inform the user how to operate the equipment in a safe manner.  Where the manufacturer stops, most of the time, is in real-world application of the equipment.  Therefore, for every hazardous task involving equipment, it is important that a Job Hazard Assessment be accomplished; in this case it is known as Equipment Hazard Management.  The pre-made forms have good information on how to use the equipment in a safe manner in the real world.  The listed forms are not all-inclusive.  You may be using a piece of equipment that is listed, but the way it’s being used may require different steps to ensure safety.  Or you may have a piece of equipment that is not listed here.  For those cases, there is a blank form available below.  Please complete if necessary.  Whatever way that it is being accomplished, be sure that you have assessed the hazards of a piece of equipment and documented how you will mitigate those hazards.  For any questions, please contact our office.   

Blank Equipment Management Form

There are many pieces of hazardous equipment located throughout the University.  This equipment, if used correctly, can be safe and productive for many, many years.  In order for Supervisors or Faculty to ensure that the equipment is being used correctly though, they should instruct their subordinates or students as to the correct use.  The forms provide here provide a platform for instruction on many pieces of equipment.  Additionally, and more importantly, they also provide a checklists for skills and abilities that one should have for operating a particular piece of equipment.  These forms are very helpful in a classroom setting where students may be asked to perform work involving a piece of equipment and require a proficiency examination to ensure they can perform said work safely.  If you find that you need a form for a piece of equipment which is not present on this list, there is a blank form located below.  Do not hesitate to contact us for assistance with filling it out.  For any questions, please contact our office.

Blank Safe Work Procedure Form