UC Shop Safety Program

Welcome to UC’s Shop Safety Website. There are two Primary Resources for Shop Safety Management at UC:

The “Shop Safety Reference Manual” provides technical guidance for shop hazard identification, control and safe-work practices required by Cal-OSHA and other regulators as applied to the operations of Departments that own and/or manage “Shops” and locations where “shop-work” is conducted throughout the UC System.

The “Shop Manager’s – Safety Management Tool Kit” provides the Shop Manager / Supervisor / PI with specific tools to implement and integrate safety-management into your operations. Need a “Danger-High Voltage” sign, or a “Talking Points” for a tailgate meeting, or a Job Safety Analysis for handling a 55-gallon drum….?? This is the place for you!!

Description – What is a “Shop”?

Shop-work activities are part of every campus teaching, research and facilities maintenance activities throughout the UC System. Regardless of what the area / location on your campus or field station is “named”, this Shop Safety Program applies to any location where one or more of the following operations are routinely conducted by UC Faculty, Staff, Students or Contractors in facilities owned / controlled by the University:

  • Metal working 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 equipment development / installation / maintenance involving liquids or gases flowing through pipes…
  • Carpentry and woodworking including cutting, drilling, sanding, carving, routing, grinding, planing, gluing, bonding, fastening, etc…
  • Surface modification and coating 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 / electronic work including equipment building, circuit design / building, wiring, control system building/repair, etc.
  • Plastics work including machining, bending, burning, bonding, cutting, drilling, gluing, melting, forming, etc…
  • Equipment Development / Model Building / Testing work including machine building, hydraulics building / use, compressed air use, research equipment development / modifications, model building, destructive testing, and other kinds of equipment repairs / maintenance, etc…
  • Material Handling including craning, hoisting, rigging, lifting, transporting, carrying or otherwise moving any shop-process materials / equipment from one location to another.