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Prototyping and Fabrication Lab Policies and Safety


  • No one will operate any piece of equipment without successfully completing training or demonstrating equivalent expertise to lab staff.


  • All users must sign an agreement to obey lab rules before use of the lab is granted. Signing the agreement will be a concluding action in any training program. Please see one of the the lab professionals for this agreement.
  • Rules for safety, neatness, and cleanliness are posted and must be obeyed by all persons in the lab at all times.
  • Persons who do not follow posted rules and safety requirements will be given one formal warning. Subsequent transgressions will result in loss of all lab privileges.
  • No one will operate any equipment without approval of lab staff.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the lab.
  • No audio devices, earbuds, iPods, etc. may be used while operating machinery.
  • Users must attend machines at all times during operation.
  • Stop machines for adjustments, measuring, or cleaning.
  • No rags or loose items are allowed near moving parts of machinery.
  • Staff must be present before certain designated equipment can be used.
  • Electrical power to designated equipment will be shut off when its staff are not in attendance.
  • There must be at least two people present before any lab equipment may be used.
  • Welding may be done with permission only.
  • All users must clean up their individual work space be before they leave:
    1. Clean machinery.
    2. Return tools to their proper place.
    3. Dispose of scrap and return materials to their proper place.


  • All lab visitors must wear safety glasses at all times.
  • Appropriate apparel must be worn in order to operate the machine tools:
    1. No open-toed footwear, sandals, ballet flats, etc. may be worn in the lab. The entire foot must be covered.
    2. No loose clothing.
    3. Tie long hair back.
    4. No loose items such as neckties, necklaces, watches, etc.

Accident Protocol

A formal protocol will be followed in response to any accident in the lab.

  • If an injury requires the attention of a medical professional or conveyance to an emergency facility or hospital, the injured party must be escorted by a staff person.
  • In such an instance, notification must be made to the injured person’s designated family member or equivalent as soon as practical.
  • If a student or faculty member is injured, notification must be provided to the appropriate department chair.