|14. SHOP SAFETY
This section contains a brief summary
of conditions that personnel working in shop settings may encounter.
Examples of shop safety include, but are not limited to:
NMSU program preserves the health of personnel by preventing exposure to
harmful air contaminants. Requirements include medical review,
training and annual fit testing.
Personnel are trained on the recognition of respiratory hazards, the use and
care of appropriate respiratory protection equipment, and the need to comply
with university, state and federal regulations. Where practical, exposure to
air contaminants will be eliminated by the application of engineering
controls (i.e. enclosure of the operation, ventilation, or substitution of
less toxic materials).
LOTO standard requires that machines and equipment are isolated from potentially
hazardous energy sources (e.g. steam, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, or
gas). To avoid unexpected start-up, lockout or tagout must occur before
employees perform service, maintenance, or renovation. Performing this
action prevents personal injury, fire, or equipment damage.
A confined space is an area with limited or restricted entry/exits and is
not designed for continuous occupancy. It is a permit-required area when it
contains a potentially hazardous atmosphere, such as limited oxygen content.
It may also require a permit if it contains mechanical and/or electrical
equipment, which upon contact or activation may trap, crush, or electrocute
persons. Examples of such areas include pump stations, wells, tanks, ducts,
utility vaults, steam tunnels and ventilation/exhaust units. Permit required
areas are clearly labeled. Call EH&S for permit before entry.
NMSU Confined Space Program.