Policies & Procedures


Successfully managing health and safety in the workplace relies on commitment, consultation, and co-operation. Everyone in the workplace needs to understand the need for health and safety, what their role is in making the workplace safer, and how they can fulfil their responsibilities and duties.

Before students and faculty can utilize the facility and its machinery, they MUST have first completed the required online training videos and exams on http://ecampus.tamu.edu/ followed by a safety induction with a supervisor or safety officer. 

Students must also be familiar with and follow shop protocol and file a schedule request form on http://fablab.arch.tamu.edu/schedule/ before using the facilities. These procedures are applied to all students, faculty, individuals, and companies that are seeking to utilize the facilities.  If the project does not require your participation, you are only required to complete a safety induction.

Policies & Procedures

  1. Safety training is for everyone to reduce the risk of workplace illness or injury. The following safety training videos and exams must be completed prior to working at the Ranch:
    • Hand & Power Tool Safety
    • Welding & Hot Work Safety
    • First Aid Safety
    • Safe Lifting
  1. Prior to performing tasks, a safety meeting has to be held with all personnel involve in the activities and the safety officer/supervisor. The Safety Meeting Form and Job Safety Analysis are available at the right.
  2. Review specific workplace hazards, identify and assess the risks, control the risks, and report the hazards to the staff.
  3. Everyone is required to provide and review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for applicable materials & projects.
  4. Projects longer than 3 (three) days to complete will required a Project Ticket.
  5. Upon entering and exiting the shop, everyone must sign in and out. (See Chris, Ranu, or Ivy in The Fab Lab office).
  6. Everyone is expected to wear the following:
    • Safety glasses
    • Long pants
    • Closed toed shoes.
  1. Shirt tails must be tucked in and long hair pulled back.
  2. When performing task refrain from wearing rings, metal watches, and using cell phones.


  1. Everyone must clean up their project area daily. This includes sweeping and removing left-over materials from the equipment and floor.
  2. Projects must be removed promptly upon completion of the tasks.
  3. Everyone is responsible for the purchase and delivery of their own materials. If you have materials being delivered please coordinate this with Chris, Ranu, or Ivy.


Projects that are being completed in the outdoor areas away from the Main Fabrication Building, you must have a designated safety representative present (Yourself, Safety officer of Supervisor) at all times.  No students are to be left alone.

You can contact Chris Paulk, the Automated Fabrication Director, for more details and training schedules at the following email: cpaulk@arch.tamu.edu

Online Training Videos & Safety Quizes


Job Safety Forms

Ranch Machine Hazards (1.5 MB)