Environmental Health & Safety

Shop Safety

There are more than 20 shops on campus and at field stations that conduct work in support of research and maintenance activities.  Work includes model-building, carpentry, machine building, electrical/electronics, concrete work, glass blowing, metal working, vehicle maintenance and more.  The University of California, Riverside (UC Riverside) has developed this Shop Safety Program to manage the hazards associated with various shops and their work activities to comply with Cal-OSHA and other regulations concerning shops. Included are work activities conducted by temporary employees and graduate students performing research at field stations and remote research facilities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         This Program applies to any Department on campus, at field stations, or on leased property where one or more of the following operations are routinely conducted by UCR Faculty, Staff, Students or Contractors in facilities owned / controlled by the Department:                                                                                                                          
  • Metal working including sheet metal forming, machining, grinding, riveting, cutting, threading, casting, forging, heat-treating, quenching, welding, brazing, soldering, etc…
  • Carpentry and woodworking including cutting, drilling, sanding, carving, routing, grinding, plaining, 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 work including machine building, hydraulics building/use, compressed air use, equipment building, research equipment repairs, maintenance, model building, etc..    



This program integrates safe-work practices required by Cal-OSHA into the operations of Departments that own and/or manage Shops at UC Riverside. Among other things, this program outlines safe work practices and procedures, guides the contents of the “UC Shop Safety Manual”, and guides training and recordkeeping for safe-work conducted in “Shops”.  All employees, students, visitors and contractors working in “Shops” located on property owned and/or leased by UC Riverside must be familiar with and follow the requirements of this program.  


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