College of Engineering
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LIST OF SAFETY PROCEDURES
- DON'T run your machine until you have read and understood all machine and control key signs.
- DON'T run your machine for the first time without a qualified instructor. ASK your instructor for help when you need it.
- PROTECT your eyes. Wear safety glasses with side shields at all times.
- Remove watches, rings, jewelry, neck-ties, and loose-fitting clothes prior to running machine.
- KEEP your hair away from moving parts.
- Loose objects can become flying particles. REMOVE all loose items (wrenches, chuck keys, rags, etc.) from machine before starting.
- NEVER operate a machine tool after taking strong medication, using non-prescription drugs or consuming alcoholic beverages.
- SAFEGUARD the cutting zone ("point of operation"). Use standard, or special general purpose safeguard where possible.
- STOP the spindle completely BEFORE changing tools.
- STOP the spindle completely BEFORE you load or unload a workpiece.
- Protect your hands. STOP the spindle completely BEFORE you clear away chips or oil. Use brush or chip scraper. NEVER use you hands.
- Protect you hands. STOP the spindle completely BEFORE you adjust the workpiece, fixture, or coolant nozzle.
- STOP the spindle completely BEFORE you take measurements.
- STOP the spindle completely BEFORE you open safeguard or covers.
- Never reach around a safeguard.
- STOP the machine BEFORE you change or adjust belts, pulleys or gears.
- Keep hands and arms clear of spindle start switch when changing tools.
- Never use a compressed air hose to remove chips.
- Ask for additional light if needed. DON'T slip. Keep your work area clean and dry. Remove chips, oil and obstacles.
- NEVER lean on your machine. Stand away when the machine is running. DON'T get trapped. Avoid pinch points caused by motion of table and head.
- Securely clamp and locate workpiece. Use stop blocks where necessary. KEEP clamps clear of cutter path.
- PREVENT cutter breakage. Use correct tables feed and spindle speed for the job. Reduce feed and speed if you notice unusual noise or vibration.
- Rotate spindle in clockwise direction for right-hand tools, counterclockwise for left-hand tools. Use the correct tool for the job.
- Never start the machine when the cutter is in contact with the workpiece.
- Keep tools sharp. Keep tool overhang short.
- Keep rotating cranks and handwheels well lubricated and maintained. Do not remove safety springs.
- Certain materials, such as magnesium, are highly flammable in dust and chip form. See your supervisor before working with these materials.
- Keep flammable liquids and materials away from work area and hot chips.
- Disengage power feed when not being used (manual machines only).
- Always start machine in manual mode.
Failure to follow machine safety protocols
A) First time failure to observe all safety procedures will result in a warning.
B) Second time failure to observe all safety procedures will result in a lost of machining privileges.
C) Lost of machining privileges can only be reinstated upon review by the Dean and Department Chairs.