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Health and Safety

Health and Safety in The Engineering Workshops



Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Safety boots with steel toe caps are mandatory any where within any of the workshop areas
  • Goggles or safety glasses are mandatory
  • Overalls or lab coats must be worn at all times
  • Ear defenders or ear plugs must be used where noise levels exceed 85dba or where stated
  • Using dusty process, such as sanding or grinding, protective face masks must be worn
  • Safety helmets must be worn when there is an overhead risks, such as the operation of the crane
  • Use appropriate protective gloves for the job. Such as handling large sheets of metal


  • Safety glasses can be loaned by the school, or alternatively students can purchase their own
  • Safety boots cannot be loaned and so must be purchased by the student



General Machine Safety

  • Loose items such as ties or jewellery should not be worn
  • Long hair should be tied back, or a cap worn to keep it in place
  • Make sure you know where the emergency stop button is located on any machine before you start it
  • Never leave chuck keys in the machine chuck
  • Make sure that the part you are machining is securely held before starting the machine
  • Do not leave machines running unattended
  • If you are unsure about using a machine ask a technician for help, do not try to sort it yourself



Gerneral Workshop Safety

  • Do not enter the workshops if you are under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication that causes drowsiness
  • Always think about what you are doing, carelessness or inattention can lead to accidents
  • If you see any one acting in an unsafe manner report it to a technician immediately
  • We want your time spent in the workshops to be an enjoyable and creative experience, so stay alert and safe