Health & Safety


    Workshops are potentially dangerous places if used carelessly.


    To ensure the safety of yourself and others, it is important you observe the following rules.





    G1.      Leave bags and coats on or under the hooks in the entrance lobby so that they don't get in the way.

    G2.      Do not do any practical work unless supervised by a member of the Technology department staff.

    G3.      Behave sensibly at all times. Be alert to what others are doing and try to spot potential hazards.

    G4.      Roll up long sleeves and tuck in loose clothing.

    G5.      Wear an apron or lab coat at all times, and ensure that it is securely fastened - (aprons to be tied at the back).

    G6.      Wear substantial footwear - no trainers.

    G7.      Wear additional safety clothing and equipment when necessary.

    G8.      Do not touch or use any equipment that has not been fully explained to you.

    G9.      If you have a medical condition that may become aggravated or lead to problems, you must inform your teacher.

    G10.    If you feel unwell during the lesson, sit down and inform your teacher.

    G11.    Ensure that you know where the emergency stop buttons are, but only use them if an emergency arises.

    G12.    Listen to instructions very carefully when you are shown how to perform tasks safely.

    G13.    If carrying tools, ensure that any cutting edges are held low and pointing downwards.

    G14.    Return tools to their appropriate storage places immediately after use.

    G15.    Report all accidents/injuries to your teacher immediately.

    G16.    Report all broken or faulty tools/equipment to your teacher or technician.

    G17.    Before the end of each lesson, clean your bench, vice and all machines used.

    G18.    Wash hands at the end of each practical session, and at other times as necessary.




    P1.       When abrading materials, the dust created can be a health hazard. Avoid breathing it in, and wear a dust mask if recommended by your teacher. Wear eye protection when acrylic sawdust is produced. Don't blow dust away - use a brush. Using water with wet & dry paper helps to reduce dust.

    P2.       If using paints, varnishes, polishes, adhesives or other chemicals, the solvents present may be hazardous to health. Therefore, work in a well ventilated area or outside, avoid inhaling any vapours, and ensure that the lid of the container is not left off unnecessarily.

    P3.       When using solder (e.g. for electronics work), do not inhale any smoke fumes that are given off.

    P4.       Hot pieces of metal must not be taken out of the heat treatment area.

    P5.       Do not leave hot pieces of metal to cool unattended unless you leave a clear warning notice beside them with the date and time clearly marked.

    P6.       Beware of pieces of metal left in the heat treatment area as they may have been left to cool by someone who did not follow the previous rule.


    Equipment - Hand Tools & Machines


    E1.       Do not use any machine without permission.

    E2.       Eye protection must be worn and guards positioned before machines are switched on.

    E3.       Remove chuck keys before switching on.

    E4.       If in doubt, ask your teacher to check the setting of a machine before switching on.

    E5.       Some tools and machines can be used in a variety of ways; do not use a tool or machine for a purpose that has not been fully explained to you, and for which you have not been informed of safety precautions to be taken.

    E6.       Ensure that both hands are always kept behind the cutting edges of tools, and never cut towards you.

    E5.       Only one person should operate a machine at any one time. If you are not the operator, stand well clear, and do not switch a machine on for somebody else.

    E6.       Ensure that the workpiece is properly held by the appropriate clamping device -   e.g. chuck, hand vice, machine vice, G-cramp, toggle clamp, etc.

    E7.       If you need to use an extension lead for portable electric tools, keep the lead as short as possible and arrange it so that it does not create a trip hazard.

    E8.       Do not clear swarf or make adjustments to the machine settings while it is running.

    E9.       Do not walk away from a machine while it is running.

    E10.     Clean the machine after use, but do not remove metal swarf with your bare hands - use the brush provided.