Shop Program


The shop program applies to all departments which have a work area with fixed and portable metal or wood-working machinery where the primary function is to fabricate or machine materials. This includes shops for the purpose of teaching as well as shops for the purpose of performing work for research. Typical shops have at least one employee who oversees shop use. Common shop equipment includes: band saws, table saws, mills, lathes, drill presses, bench grinders, planers, welding and cutting equipment. The shop program is intended to ensure that consistent rules are adopted across different departments and different buildings. Safe shop practices are outlined to protect employees and students from shop hazards. 

Written Program

Metal or Woodworking Shop Program (231 k, pdf)


Training Requirements

Each person who uses shop equipment must receive training prior to use on the following topics: emergency response, dress code and PPE requirements, shop specific rules such as hours of use and housekeeping requirements, and a review of machine specific operating methods including safety features. 

Shop Safety Coordinators must receive training in the following topics: Emergency Action Plan and Injury Reporting, Lockout/Tagout, Hazard Communication, Hearing Conservation, Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid / CPR. Hot Work and Forklift safety topics apply to some shops but not all. 

Contractor Requirements

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.