Machine Guarding and Shop Safety
The intent of the machine guarding program is to minimize the risks associated with machine operation through the use of applicable machine guarding and operator training. It is also intended to ensure that there are consistent rules for machine safety and that safe shop practices are provided to protect faculty, staff, students and visitors from shop hazards.
It applies to all faculty, staff and students whose work duties or studies require them to utilize equipment in machine shops or require them to work with portable power tools. It includes all areas that have machinery and equipment capable of causing injury. It also applies to handheld power tools.
- Machine Shop FY20-21 Inspection Schedule (81kb, pdf)
- Blank Machine Shop Inspection Tool (Google Sheet - View Only) used by Risk Management and Safety
- Yale Student Dies in Shop Accident - New Haven Register Article & Yale Alumni Magazine Article
- OSHA letter of recommendations following Yale University lathe fatality, 2011.
- Machine And Equipment Guarding Reference Guide (902 kb, pdf)
- Manitoba Safe Guarding Machinery Equipment 2008 (2.9 MB, pdf)
- Power Tool Institute contains useful materials for those who teach power tool safety in an academic or research setting.
- OSHA Publication - Machine Safeguarding At The Point Of Operation (7,865 kb, pdf)
- OSHA Publication - Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations (578 kb, pdf)
- SLAC Machine Safe Guarding Guideline 2013 (578 kb, pdf)
- TM Bench Grinder Safety 2014 (620 kb, pdf)
Each person who uses shop equipment must receive training prior to using shop equipment. This training is available in complyND. The Shop Manager can assist users in getting this training.
In addition to the complyND training, users are required to be trained on the equipment they will be operating. This training will be provided by the Shop Manager or designee.
Contractors hired to perform work for the University of Notre Dame shall not use University equipment to perform work. Contracted maintenance trades who maintain trade shops in the University Maintenance Center are exempted from this requirement but must adhere to the written program. Training for contractors working in ND shops must be provided by the contractor company.