Safety in Workshops and Machine Shops

The information below outlines a framework for managing a Shop Safety Program.

In the UVM Laboratory Health & Safety Policy, the definition of a "laboratory" includes campus workshops and machine shops used for research and teaching activities. There are multiple hazards and risks inherent in machine and woodshops; they are more physical and mechanical in nature.  

The Shop Safety Program is built around the same values of Safety, Compliance, Productivity and Education that underpin the success of UVM's Laboratory Safety Program.  Supervisors of thse areas should review the Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities page.

UVM's Shop Safety Program includes the following safety practices:


This process is designed to guide safety programming in a vast array of working and learning environments. There are components in each area that may not apply to the specific space for which the program is being designed.  Use the tools cafeteria style - pick and choose the applicable items and leave the rest behind.  This approach will provide a foundation for a shop-specific safety program.

For tools that are shop-specific, such as standards, self-inspection tools or training materials, see the links on the left and the right of this page.  As always, support is available through the UVM Risk Management & Safety and through the Lab Safety Coordinators. Feel free to email us with questions any time.