Never work in the shop while tired, intoxicated, or otherwise impaired.

Always use common sense. Before undertaking an operation with a tool, think out the path of the tool and your body. Never place yourself in the path of a tool or apply pressure that will strike a sharp edge with your body should something slip.

Eye protection must be worn at all times when in the workshop. This applies regardless if you are working on machinery or not. Activities of others can affect your safety.

Hearing protection is available. Use it when operating loud machinery.

If you are unsure of proper operation of a tool or machine or uncomfortable with its use, ask for a shop supervisor for assistance.

No member is allowed to work on red tools alone. You must have at least one other person with you. If there is an accident, the other person can call for help and come to your aid.

Obtain first aid immediately for any injury. Report all accidents/injuries to a volunteer on duty or to staff no matter how insignificant they may seem at the time. File an Incident Report Form with staff or the zone coordinator. This will help us to mitigate hazards in the future.

Do not operate machinery for which you have not received a safety orientation. This will protect both you and the equipment from harm. All Red tools and materials require machine specific training and are not to be used unless the zone coordinator or facilities specialist provides clearance. 

Only TVCOG members are permitted to operate equipment. Keeping the foot traffic to a minimum provides a safer and more comfortable work environment. 

Pets should not be in the wood, welding or metal zones while machinery is in use.

Do not attempt to oil, clean, adjust or repair any machine while it is running. Performing maintenance on moving machinery exposes you to additional hazards.If you feel a tool or machine is in need of maintenance, please inform the zone coordinator or facilities specialist.

Ensure that all machine guarding is in place and functioning properly. Inform the machine zone coordinator or facilities specialist if guarding is damaged or malfunctioning.

Do not leave machines running unattended. 

Do not try to stop a machine with your hands or body. Stopping a machine with your body can result in entanglement. Let a machine come to a stop naturally or use provided brakes.

Always keep hands, hair, feet etc. clear of all moving machinery at all times. Be aware of all moving parts, especially blades, cutting tools and chucks.

Double-check that tooling and work pieces are properly supported and clamped prior to starting a machine. Starting a spindle with loose tooling or machining a loosely clamped work piece can produce flying hazards.

Heavy or unwieldy work pieces often require special support structures to machine safely. Ask for help if you are unsure if your work piece requires additional support.

Remove chuck keys, wrenches and other tools from machines after making adjustments. Chuck keys left in the chuck when the machine turns on become dangerous flying objects. Return chuck keys to their proper storage location.
Ask for help when moving awkward or heavy objects. This will protect you and those around you from injury.

Deburr sharp edges of freshly cut stock. This includes the piece of stock that goes back in the stock rack. Eliminating burred edges minimizes the chances for personal injury and marring of precision machine surfaces.

When working with another person, only one person should operate the machine.

Do not lean against the machines. If you need a rest, grab a chair.

Do not talk unnecessarily while operating a machine. Do not talk to others while they are operating a machine. Do not become a distraction to others. Concentrate on the work and the machine at all times. If you must talk, turn off the machine.

Be sure you have sufficient light to see clearly when performing any job. Well lit workspaces are much safer and less straining on the operator.

Work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Rushing will compromise safe working practices along with part quality and increases the chance of damaging equipment. Set your work aside if you become tired.

Listen to the machine(s) - if something does not sound right, shut it down. Often if the machine sounds abnormal to you, it probably is not operating properly. Inform the shop supervisor if you believe a machine or tool be operating abnormally.

Never use compressed air for cleaning machinery. This will embed particulates into the precision machine ways and will drastically reduce the life of the machine tool. Use the supplied chip brushes and rags to clean machinery.

Never use compressed air to clean your clothes or any part of your body. Particles can become embedded in skin and eyes. In extreme cases, air can be introduced into the bloodstream.

If you do not know how to do something – ASK! Do not engage in any activity that may have unusual risk. Trust your judgment. Check with the shop supervisor if you have any doubts about what you are doing.