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.

Shop Safety Manual
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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

  • the workshop of a craftsperson or artisan.
  • the workshop of a person who works in a manual trade; place for doing specific, skilled manual work.
  • a course of instruction in a trade, as carpentry, printing, etc.
  • 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.
Universal shop safety rules

Machine Guarding

Any machine part, function, or process that could cause injury must be safeguarded per Cal-OSHA §4184 (see Machine Guarding poster). Guard openings should be small enough to prevent employees from accessing danger areas. Additionally, machine guarding must:

  • Prevent contact with moving parts.
  • Be securely attached/permanent.
  • Be strong, durable and impact resistant.
  • Be resistant to corrosion and fire.
  • Not create additional hazards.
  • Not weaken machine/impair operation.
  • Protect moving parts from falling objects.
  • Be properly designed for the machine/job.

Refer to the Machine Guarding Program manual for detailed information.

Machine Guarding program
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Shop Safety Training

General Shop Safety Training is now available on Trojan Learn.

Annual Shop Safety Compliance and Training Review

Use this form to upload your completed Shop Safety Compliance and Training Review Checklist, Shop Hazard Assessment form, and Shop Safety Training Record.