2.744 Lab Safety Rules
- I will only enter the lab after reading and agreeing to the terms-of-use.
- I will not give the combination to, or provide entry to, any person that has not also submitted their agreement to abide by the terms-of-use. A list of authorized users is linked to the 2.744 home page.
- I will abide by the 2.744 lab safety rules and only use equipment I have been trained to use.
- I will not work alone.
- I will not use the laser cutter, 3D printer, and miter saw. They are only to be used with the assistance of course staff or after I've been authorized to do so. The laser cutter should never be left to run alone because of fire risks. Feel free to ask for help.
- I will return all tools to their storage location in the room immediately after I use them. This is super-duper critical!
- I will ensure that the lab and its tools are clean and tidy before leaving, and that the space is left in a useable condition similar to how I found it.
- I will never take any tools outside of the lab unless I have explicit permission from the course instructor.
- If I have any concerns about safety, the space, or note that tools are malfunctioning or need service, I will email the course instructor promptly so that the situation can be rectified.
- The other students working the lab and I, together, will ensure that there is never more than 25 people working in the space at one time.
Working safely is paramount. Along with lab instructors and shop staff, everyone should be watching for dangerous situations. Always remember that product parts can easily be replaced while body parts can't!
Each tool and floor machine in the lab has its own set of safety rules. A list of some important general guidelines is provided below.
- Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the 35-307 work space. Safety glasses can be purchased at a local hardware store or the Pappalardo Lab. Any students or staff not wearing safety glasses will be asked to leave the lab.
- Don't rush when using machinery. Think ahead, and plan an escape path before starting to cut.
- When using a machine, give it your absolute undivided attention. If you are too tired do it later, or find someone else to do it for you.
- When in doubt, nervous, or unfamiliar, wait until you can have an instructor help you.
- Keep your work area clean and uncluttered.
- Don't stand in a path where parts may be projected. Remember that bystanders may be at risk too.
- When machining, don't let your hands be enveloped by the work piece. If something grabs you should be able to let go. Use proper clamps and fixtures where appropriate.
- Do not work in an off-balance position.
- Remove all rings, watches, jewelry, and loose clothing before working with machinery. Either pinup long hair or tie it back and tuck it into your shirt.
- Do not wear open toe shoes or sandals in the lab. Any students or staff wearing open toe shoes will be asked to leave the lab.
- Do not run or yell in the lab.