Content that belongs in the Safety in Workshops and Machine Shops section (safety/shop)

3D Printer Safety

Consult with UVM Risk Management & Safety before purchasing and installation of any 3D printer. A risk assessment should be conducted in areas where 3D printers will be located. 


What is 3D Printing?

ABS vs PLA feedstock

Battery Safety

All batteries are recycled at UVM.  Batteries are to be disposed of as Universal Waste or as a EPA/RCRA hazardous waste under the requirements contained in 40 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations).

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.  

Compressed Gases

Click on one of the photos below to get more information about compressed air or gases.  


Hot Work: Welding, Cutting & Brazing



All work in or on buildings involving heat, sparks, or open flames requires a hot work permit, available through the UVM Physical Plant Department. Designated hot work areas are exempt from the permit requirement but are subject to monthly inspections. Click this link for more information:

Material Handling, Storage & Elevated Surfaces

Material Handling & Storage

Because the variation of materials, methods for moving them and locations for storage are so diverse across campus, the best comprehensive guide to evaluating needs departmentally and training affected faculty, staff and students is the OSHA Material Storage and Handling publication.


Power Tools, Equipment & Machinery

Hand & Power Tools and Equipment

OSHA requirements and recommendations for the safe use of hand and power tools is overviewed in the following powerpoint slides: Hand & Power Tools.  Complete the online Hand & Power Tools quiz once you have reviewed the slides.    

Electrical Safety & Control of Hazardous Energy

Faculty, staff & students need to have an awareness of electrical safety in order to support a safe learning and working environment. Notify Physical Plant of any noticeable electrical hazards; this can protect others from a potential electric shock, fire or explosion.

Shop Chemical Safety


Managing chemicals safely in shop areas is just as important as managing chemicals in any laboratory on campus.

Stairways, Walkways & Ladders

Stairs and Walkways

Every flight of stairs having four or more risers needs to be equipped with standard stair railings and handrails that meet the building code based on the most recent construction or renovation requirements. The height of handrails need to be not more than 34 inches nor less than 30 inches from upper surface of handrail to surface of tread in line with face of riser or to surface of ramp.

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