103 Manufacturing Safety / PPE

The BIDC103 manufacturing lab has hazards that require controls.

The hazards in BIDC103 Manufacturing are controlled with engineering controls such as interlocks and machine guarding. The facility also has administrative controls, training, and access monitoring. However, not all risks can be eliminated by design or by staff – you must keep yourself trained and work safely.

Personal protective equipment (PPE), including dress is the last line of control.

Certain personal protective equipment and dress types must be used.

Some machines and tasks will require additional PPE and dress conditions. Check the individual standard operating procedure (SOP) for each machine.

Hazard Awareness

Sharp objects

[Cut resistant gloves are available.]

  • Metal chips – shiny and small, or larger strings/chunks often have razor edges
  • Unfinished parts/stock prior to grinding/de-burring
  • Blades on machines / knives
  • Machine tool bits such as end mills / drills
Crushing / pinching

Examples include:

  • Machines with moving parts
    • Between a machine spindle and table
    • In the ways of a mill table
    • Between a machine and a wall
    • Hydraulic press / ironworker
  • Pliers / wrenches

Rotating machinery
  • Lathe spindles
  • Mill / drill press spindles
  • Grinders, hand drills

Chemicals
[Check the container for warnings. Read the Safety Data Sheet for full details. Disposable safety gloves and other PPE is available]
  • lubricants
  • solvents
  • glues

ISO Hazard Triangle - Heavy Lifting
ISO Hazard Triangle - Heavy Object
Heavy items
[If in any doubt ask for assistance for a two person lift, or the use of a hoist]
  • Can fall/drop on feet, or crush hands underneath
  • Can cause injury if lifted incorrectly
Hot items
[Heat resistant PPE is available]
  • Recently processed parts:
    • Parts recently ground on a grinder
    • Drill / milled / turned parts
  • Recently used machines:
    • Drills / mills / tools in spindle or recently used
Slip hazards

Can occur from dusts and spills – address these immediately with help. Get someone to guard the spill while seeking help

Required: Safety Glasses (with side protection) / Face Shield rated ANSI Z87+

All individuals in BIDC103 must wear a face shield / safety glasses covering the eyes at all times marked Z87+. If they are not marked they are not compliant with the Z87+ standard. When correctly worn these provide significant eye protection from unexpected flying particles and objects.

[Important: If you regularly find your eyes being protected by glasses, stop immediately and get staff review/help – glasses are only intended to protect you in rare, unforeseen/unexpected/emergency situations.]

Z87+ Safety Glasses
Z87+ Face Shield

Required: Your Personal Dress

All persons working in BIDC103 must dress appropriately. If you do not have appropriate dress please check with the front desk for free minor items like hairbands, etc. to comply with dress requirements.

Hazards lessened by appropriate dress include: rotating machinery, flying chips (metal, wood, plastic), heavy objects.

To provide protection against these hazards please ensure your dress meets these specifications:

  1. No loose or dangling hair/clothing/jewelry that might get caught in rotating/moving machinery, pulling you into it. Anything that dangles from around your head or loose clothing on your body needs to be tied back, removed or clipped. Examples are: long hair, necklaces, laces, ties, sleeves
  2. Long pants. Flying chips (sharp and sometimes hot) will hit the clothing first instead of you.
  3. Closed toed shoes which provide good grip and stability. Open toed shoes give an opportunity for sharp chips to cause cuts as well as providing little protection against a heavy object falling on a foot. Good grip and stability to prevent slips and falls if a spill is present.

Optional: Gloves – Cut Resistant / Disposable

  • Cut resistant gloves
    • USED when handling sharp objects, cutting procedures, etc.
    • NOT USED when working with rotating/moving machinery
  • Disposable gloves
    • USED when convenient for messy/dirty processes
    • USED when handling grease/oils/paints/glues/etc. – consult the safety data sheet
Cut Resistant Gloves
Disposable Gloves

Required: No open Food or Drink

In this space unsealed/uncovered/open food or drink is forbidden (except at the table near the main double doors). Loose metal chips / flying particles could easily adhere or drop into/onto food and be eaten leading to serious injury. Additionally, drinks create opportunities for spills / slippage hazards.

Lockout / Tagout – Need to Know

Lockout tag applied to electrical box with completed tag
Lockout tag applied to electrical box with completed tag

If equipment is locked off with a tag similar to that pictured it is in an unsafe state if turned on.

You must not remove the tag. Find the individual named on the tag to discuss its removal – only they are allowed to remove it. See https://www.osha.gov/control-hazardous-energy for more information.