General Shop Hazards

General Shop Hazards

A machine shop is a potentially dangerous and unfortunately, sometimes deadly, place to work. Protect yourself by being aware of hazards and their causes. A few of which are listed below.

Eye Injuries

  • Chips from machining operations
  • Shrapnel from broken tools
  • Chemicals splashed in eyes – chemical fumes
  • Welding radiation
  • Impact with protruding stock

Cuts, Abrasions

  • Sharp edges on stock or workpiece
  • Cutting tools
  • Pinch points
  • Chips from machining operations

Chemical Reactions/Burns

  • Skin and eye contact
  • Inhalation of nocuous fumes
  • Explosion/fire

Slip and Fall Accidents

  • Coolant and oil spills
  • Metal grinding dust and wood sawdust
  • Air hoses – electrical cords – welding cables – cluttered work area


  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Chips from machining operations
  • Workpiece heated by machining operations
  • Molten metal casting
  • Electric shock
  • Welding radiation (ultraviolet)
  • Hot materials and workpiece from welding or heat-treat operations


  • Dropped tool or material
  • Contact with protruding stock
  • Workpiece ejected from the machine


  • Air hose
  • Machine noise
  • Impact noise, such as hammering