Environmental, Health and Safety Services

Machine Shop Safety Introduction


Environmental Health and Safety Services (EHSS), recognizing that hazards may be encountered during work in shop areas, has developed this Machine Shop Safety Program. This program is intended to assure that:

  • Employees are provided training and information on how to protect themselves from shop and machine hazards,
  • Recommended maintenance is conducted and standard operating procedures are in place for machinery and equipment use,
  • Only persons trained and knowledgeable in the use of a specific piece of equipment use that equipment, and
  • All work is performed in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

This program includes provisions to assist with protecting employees from hazards. To meet this objective, the university will:

  • Survey workplaces to identify shop areas covered by this program.
  • Identify a Safety Coordinator for each shop to manage this program for their shop(s).
  • Develop and provide training to individuals who will work in shop areas or serve as Shop Safety Coordinators.
  • Develop guidelines for Shop Safety Coordinators to create written practices and procedures for machinery and equipment.
  • Establish an audit system to measure the effectiveness and use of the program and its components.


This program has been designed to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 29 CFR 1910.211-.219 Machinery and Machine Guarding and Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (VDLI) standards. Also included are applicable parts of related OSHA and VDLI standards relating to housekeeping, means of egress, and hand and power tools.