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

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

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.

Compressed Gases


The use of compressed gas and compressed air is inherent in many shop operations. UVM’s best reference for safely managing the use of these materials can be found in the lab safety segment of the website at

Personal Protective Equipment


Protective equipment, including personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head, and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, need to be provided, used, and maintained in a sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of processes or environment, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, or mechanical irritants encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.

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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