Shop Safety Program

The Shop Safety Program was established to impart general safety protocol and safety management across all university shops and university shop activities. Under the auspices of the program, faculty, staff, students, volunteers, and contract workers are enjoined to keep university shops injury-free and accident-free as well as comply with the regulatory requirements and standards of Cal-OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and university policies. The USC Shop Safety Manual and Universal Shop Safety Rules are key components of the program.

The Shop Safety Program incorporates the following university-wide safety programs since they also have application in certain campus shops.

    • Electrical Safety
    • Fall Protection and Prevention
    • Lockout/Tagout
    • Powered Industrial Trucks


NOTE: The Shop Safety Program applies to any space that is owned or leased by the University and functions that are sanctioned by the University where one or more of the following operations are routinely conducted by Faculty, Staff, Students or Contract Workers, etc.:

shop noun
/SH├Ąp/

  1. the workshop of a craftsperson or artisan.
  2. the workshop of a person who works in a manual trade; place for doing specific, skilled manual work.
  3. a course of instruction in a trade, as carpentry, printing, etc.
  4. a classroom in which such a course is given.
  • Metal Work including sheet metal forming, machining, grinding, riveting, cutting, threading, casting, forging, heat-treating, quenching, welding, brazing, soldering, drilling, etc.
  • Plumbing Work including water delivery and distribution, pneumatics, hydraulics, or any other kind of installation or maintenance activities involving liquids, gases or waste flowing through pipes, etc.
  • Carpentry or Woodworking Work including cutting, drilling, sanding, carving, routing, grinding, planing, gluing, bonding, fastening, etc.
  • Surface Modification or Treatment Work including sandblasting, painting, surface preparation, laminating, burning, etching, masking, etc.
  • Glass Work including glass blowing, glazing, annealing, tempering, bonding, grinding, drilling, hot-work with glass materials, etc.
  • Electrical or Electronic Work including circuit design and building, maintaining building systems or equipment, installing, testing, repairing or replacing components, etc.
  • Materials Work including machining, bending, burning, bonding, chopping, cutting, sewing, drilling, gluing, melting, forming, etc.

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