In the Instrument Shop, safety is our number one priority.  We don't do anything that can't be done without risk of injury.


That's our number one rule for our number one priority.  Keep your brain engaged in what you're doing, don't try to take a shortcut, do the job the right way and the vast majority of accidents can be avoided.  Yes, we have rules about personal safety equipment, guarding and procedures, but the biggest factor in keeping safe is to constantly think about what you're doing.

Stop and think, "Is it safe to touch that?"

Turn it by hand first.  Does everything clear?

Pause before you press the GO! button. Is everything tightened?

Is it getting too messy around here?  It's OK to clean up in the middle of the day, too.

The Rules

If you're in the shop, you're going to follow the safety rules.

These rules apply at all times in the student, wood and main shops.  The office and lobby are excluded.  The overall goal of these rules is to create and maintain an environment that minimizes the possibility of personal injury.

Visiting the Shop

  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times.  Eye injuries tend to be instant and life-changing.

Working in the Shop

  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times.
  • Shoes must cover toes and heels.
  • Pants must cover the knees.
  • Hair longer than shoulder length must be securely tied back.
  • Rings, watches and bracelets must be removed.
  • Short sleeves are preferred.  If long sleeves are worn they must be close-fitting.
  • Other personal protective equipment, such as hearing and breathing protection, may be required for some operations.