Monitoring

Students may not use use a controlled machine alone; a Buddy, Monitor or Supervisor is must be present, in sight and within hearing range.  Which type of monitoring is required depends on the hazard level assigned to the machine you're using.  See the Machine page to learn the operation details and hazard level of each machine.

The type of monitoring specified is the minimum required.  For example, if a Buddy or Monitor is required, a Supervisor could also play that role.

Buddy

A Buddy is another student who is also trained in the operation of the machine.  Your Buddy must always be within sight and hearing of you while you are working.  Their number one job is to be there to respond in case of an emergency but, since they are also trained on the tools you are using, they can offer advice and help.

Two or more students may act as each-other's Buddy in the shop, but remember that you must be able to hear and see the other person at all times.   This may mean that you will have to take turns working if what you're doing is loud (e.g. using a power saw) or restricts your sight (e.g. electric welding).

Monitor

A Monitor is a student trained in the operation of the machine who has also completed Carleton EHS sponsored Shop Safety Training for Monitors and Supervisors and First aid/CPR training.

There is always only one Monitor in the shop.  Like a Buddy, the Monitor is there to respond to emergencies but also has control over the operation of the shop.  The Monitor will be aware of all the work being done in the shop and is required to intervene when an operation is not being done in the safest way.  If necessary, the Monitor has the authority to stop a student working in the shop.

Supervisor

A Supervisor is a Carleton staff or faculty member who has extensive professional-level training and experience on the machine in use and has also completed Carleton EHS sponsored Shop Safety Training for Monitors and Supervisors and First aid/CPR training.

Like a Monitor, the Supervisor will actively manage the operations in the shop but has significantly greater training and experience.  The Supervisor will play a more active role in guiding and training the students in their work.