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Safety Regulations in the

Engineering Workshop/Lab
Introduction
In industry and colleges, accidents are unfortunately all too common. They vary in
degree from the trivial to, in exceptional circumstances, fatalities. In the main these
accidents are caused by ignorance, horseplay or abuse of machinery and/or
equipment.

The Law
The Health and Safety of People at Work is covered by a variety of Acts of
Parliament, each Act containing a book of laws and regulations which govern the
way in which work may be done in the workplace and the processes, operations and
equipment employed to do that work.

General Workshop Rules


1.

Horseplay and unruly behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated at any time in
the workshops.

2.

Machines, tools and equipment must be used in the correct manner and never
misused.

3.

Approved steel toe-capped footwear must be worn at all times.

4.

Overalls must be worn in the correct manner at all times, i.e. fastened
correctly.

5.

Protective goggles must be worn in the Workshops.

6.

When operating machinery, loose jewellery (necklaces, earrings, bracelets,


rings, watches etc) must be removed or made safe.

7.

Long hair must be restrained (either tied back, under a hat or hairnet or
pinned back) at all times.

8.

Machines must not be left unattended at any time during operation.

9.

Machinery is to be operated by only one person at a time.

10.

Protective guarding must be used if fitted to a machine.

11.

The operator's attention must not be distracted whilst the machine is in


operation.

12.

Do not lean on the machines whether in use or not.

13.

After use, all tools must be stored in the correct location or returned to the
storeroom.

14.

All arc welding processes must be screened correctly to control any harmful
radiation.

15.

Arc welding masks/shields must be used during ALL arc welding processes.

16.

All gas welding processes must be shut down correctly after use.

17.

Gas welding goggles must be worn during gas welding processes.

18.

Machines, equipment and associated areas must be cleaned correctly after


use.

19.

When a machine or piece of equipment is operational, never attempt to touch


any of the moving parts. In an emergency, power should be switched off first.

20.

Never touch swarf (even if the machine is not operational) without wearing
gloves.

21.

All spillages must be attended to and cleared immediately.

22.

All breakages/damage must be reported immediately.

23.

Exhaust/fume extractors must be used at all times when appropriate.

24.

All machines must be isolated and locked after use.