Policies & Procedures

Protocol:

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 before use (see right). 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. 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.
  2. Safety training is MANDATORY for everyone. Specific videos and exams address particular issues or hazards. They are administrative measures to control workplace hazards and should be used together with other hazard control measures to reduce the risk of workplace illness or injury.
  3. Everyone must complete all of the safety training videos and exams (Hand & Power Tool Safety; Welding & Hot Work Safety; First Aid Safety; and Safe Lifting).
  4. Everyone must fill out and submit a schedule request form on http://fablab.arch.tamu.edu/schedule/ before use the facilities.
  5. Projects that will require more than 3 (three) days to complete must fill out a Project Ticket.
  6. Everyone is required to provide and review Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for applicable materials & projects.
  7. Upon entering and exiting the shop, everyone MUST SIGN IN AND SIGN OUT. (See Chris, Chioma, or Shelby in The Fab Lab office).
  8. Everyone MUST WEAR: safety glasses, long pants, and close toed shoes. Any shirt tails must be tucked in and long hair pulled back.
  9. Do not wear ring or metal watch when performing tasks.
  10. 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.
  11. Review specific workplace hazards, identify and assess the risks, control the risks, and report the hazards.
  12. If changes in work procedures occur or additional hazards are present, discuss with the supervisor or safety officer. A new assessment must be conducted.
  13. Everyone MUST CLEAN UP their project area daily. This includes sweeping and removing left-over materials from the equipment and floor.
  14. Everyone is responsible for the purchase and delivery of their own materials. If you have materials being delivered please coordinate this with the Fabrication Manager, Chris Paulk.
  15. Projects must be removed promptly upon completion of the tasks.
  16. (Faculty) For 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 Manager, for more details and training schedules at the following email: cpaulk@arch.tamu.edu