Safety in Workshops and Machine Shops

Managing safety in shop environments is much the same as it is in other work areas or laboratories.  The purpose of this web page is to outline a framework for building a Shop Safety Program.

Based on the UVM Laboratory Health & Safety Policy, the definition of a "laboratory" includes all workshops and machine shops, recognizing that the hazards and risks inherent in a machine or woodshop are more physical and mechanical in nature.  Guidance for shop safety program management mirrors the long-standing lab safety program that UVM has had for many years.

The Shop Safety Program is built around the same values of Safety, Compliance, Productivity and Education that underpin the success of the Laboratory Safety Program.  Likewise, roles and responsibilities for program management are essentially the same as for any other laboratory and can be understood on the Laboratory Supervisor Responsibilities page.

To build and manage a Shop Safety Program, follow these same best lab 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.