MECHANICAL WORKSHOP SAFETY REGULATIONS

  1. Free access to the workshop areas is restricted to authorised personnel only. No other person may enter the workshop without permission.

  2. No machine may be used or work undertaken unless the technician-in-charge is satisfied that the person is capable of doing so safely. If equipment is fitted with guards these must be used. Equipment should never be used if the safety guards have been removed.
  1. Any person working in the mechanical workshop must familiarise themselves with Part 4 (Mechanical Equipment) of  the University Health and Safety Policy at :- http://www.safety.ed.ac.uk/policy/part4/part4.shtm
  1. Any person working in the mechanical workshop must have read and signed the appropriate risk assessment if the work or equipment they are using  has been risk assessed.
  1. Personal Protective Equipment is provided and must be used where necessary.  Barrier cream, lab. coats, safety glasses/goggles and safety shoes are to be used as the work dictates.  When working with machine tools or other equipment with rotating spindles, jewellery, loose clothes etc. are prohibited and long hair must be completely covered. 
  1. No hazardous substance to health can be used before a COSHH risk assessment is undertaken and a safe system of work issued to the users.
  1. No person shall mount any abrasive wheel unless he/she has been trained in accordance with the Abrasive wheel Regulations 1970. Grinding machines shall only be operated by technical staff and eye protection must be worn.

  2. Do not carry loads such that the weight may be dangerous or vision obscured. Refer to Part Two, Section  4.7 Manual Handling of Loads of the University Health and Safety Policy at: http://www.safety.ed.ac.uk/policy/part2/part2.shtm#47

  3. Servicing records of all machine tools, plant and equipment must be kept. They must list the date of any service/repair and the person responsible for carrying out that service/repair. Faults which cannot be repaired immediately should be reported to David Wyse (50 4499) and a note indicating that the equipment is out of order attached to the machine where it is clearly visible.

  4. Report any defective equipment to the technician-in-charge.

  5. Smoking, eating and drinking in workshop areas is strictly prohibited.

  6. The gangway through the workshop must be kept clear. Any oil spillage, grease etc. must be cleaned up immediately.

  7. Equipment must be cleaned after use. Any materials, tools or equipment used must be tidied away.

  8. Precision measuring equipment, drills, etc. must be replaced in their appropriate cabinets after each working day.

  9. Tools and equipment must not be removed from the workshop without permission from the technician-in-charge.

  10. All accidents/incidents/occupational ill health must be reported by using the online reporting system at: http://www.safety.ed.ac.uk/IncidentReporting/IncidentDetails.cfm

  11. In the event of a fire, act in accordance with the FIRE ACTION NOTICES displayed throughout the building. Leave the building immediately and proceed to the assembly point.

  12. It is the responsibility of the technician-in-charge to enforce these rules.

  13. Problems or concerns regarding health, safety or security contact  the School Safety Manager David Wyse on 50 4499. 

Revised January 2009

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