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CFAES Shop Safety Program

It is the policy of The Ohio State University (OSU) to take precautions to eliminate hazards associated with the use of hand and power tools; and to ensure employees are properly trained to utilize these tools in a safe manner to minimize injuries related to their use in OSU machine shops. This Machine Shop Safety Program provides an overview of shop safety to minimize injury and/or accidents associated with machine shop activities.To prevent serious injury, the OSU Shop Safety program is built around  four general safety rules:

  1. Users must receive training and demonstrate competency before using shop equipment.
  2. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) shall be worn while working in the shop.
  3. A minimum of two (2) persons shall be present at all times while shop equipment is in use. Never work alone.
  4. Proper storage and general housekeeping shall be maintained at all times.

The purpose of this program is to outline the requirements to minimize/eliminate machine shop related injuries. This program is developed in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and OSU Programs and policies. The Machine Shop Safety Program establishes and outlines the OSU Environmental Health & Safety, departmental, supervisor and user responsibilities; identification of safety hazards and control measures; and training, inspection and recordkeeping for OSU machine shops.    

The program applies to all OSU employees whose work duties require them to utilize equipment within machine shops. All hand and powered tools and other hand-held equipment utilized at OSU for construction, alteration, repair, demolition, electrical, plumbing, vehicle maintenance and general purposes are covered by this policy. This program covers all rooms that are dedicated to the housing of shop equipment and are used for student instruction, the completion of student tasks or the completion of work by OSU employees.

 The Shop Safety Program provides inspections and recommendations to shops for the hazards present. The CFAES Safety and Health Coordintor and EHS will work with the shop personnel to reduce complinace issues and ensure all appropriate programs, and training, are in place to protect workers from hazards they may encounter as part of their work requirements.

OSU Shop Safety Program 2013
OSU EHS - Shop Safety Hazard Matrix
OSU EHS - General Shop Safety Training
Hand and Portable Power Tool Safety Program 2013
OSU EHS Shop Inspection Template 2019
CFAES OSHA Self - Inspection Checklist 2016
OSU EHS Teaching lab self inspection checklist
OSU EHS Shop Safety Inspection Checklist
CFAES: Hazard Assessment Tool for PPE in Shop Areas
OSU Hazard Communication Program
CFAES Chemical Inventory List Template
OSU Crane, Hoist and Sling Safety Program
Reducing Power Tool Injuries - training (.pdf)
OSHA Hand and Power Tools Safety Booklet


The College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences follows a training program that can be accessed via OSU Environmental Health and Safety website. ( A shop safety module and a hand & power tool module are available for faculty, staff and students. Additional training specifc to equipment, processes, or locations may be required by the supervisor.

To start the training (OSU employees / students):

1) Click on this link -

2) Cick on the Occupational Health & Safety content area.

3) Scroll down to locate the Shop Safety training course and click on "Take this Course".

4) Sign in using your login (last name.###)

5) At the end of the on-line training you will be prompted to take the quiz.

6) Once training has been completed, a list your training sessions will be listed under “My Training”.

Note: The Hand & Power Tool Safety module can be acessed in the same manner.



If you have any questions regarding CFAES Shop Safety, please contact Kent McGuire at or 292-0588. You may also contact the OSU Environmental Health and Safety Office online at or by phone at (614) 292-1284.


Reviewed / Updated: 11/17/20 K. McGuire