Safety Regulations

In the workshop, picture safety signs use universal symbols to:

  • Prevent accidents signal health hazards  indicate the location of safety, first aid and fire protection equipment
  • Give clear guidance and instruction in emergency procedures
  • Form part of the total safety information system of the area.

Picture safety signs warn of hazards or risks that are present in the workplace and inform users in the workplace how to avoid that hazard or risks, or its effects. In addition to the picture signs, many individual machines and processes have detailed signs explaining “step by step” instructions to use them safely.

Prohibition signs Warning signs Emergency signs Mandatory signs
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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a piece of clothing or equipment designed to protect an individual from risk of injury. PPE can include but is not limited to:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Face Shields
  • Gloves
  • Safety Boots
  • Aprons
  • Ear Muffs
  • Dust Masks
  • Respirators

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is design to be the last line of defence between you and a hazard. You will find it is the lowest level of control measure in the Hierarchy of Controls.

Choosing what PPE to wear depends on what you are doing. For example if you are using a piece of machinery it is highly likely you will have to wear safety glasses or face shield. You should always read the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and consult your lecturer or technician. Selecting the correct type of PPE for the task is also very important. For example there are many different forms of dust masks and respirators. Some protect you from dust (e.g. saw dust) but will not protect you from fumes (e.g. spray paint). Always check with the manufacturer and talk with your lecturer or technician about these issues.

Glove protectionHearing protectionBreathing protectionEye protection

PPE must be worn when indicated by signage such as the examples above. These signs will be found on the walls around the Fabrication Workshop and within the SOPs for different machines.

Appropriate Clothing

The workshops are places where actual items are made and constructed. Because this can involve manual work using equipment and machinery the wearing of appropriate clothing is very important. Please be sensible in what you wear in the workshops. Items like jewellery, loose hair and clothing can be caught in equipment and machinery resulting in a serious injury.


  • Wear sturdy secured clothing that offers you some protection and doesn't matter if it gets dirty or damaged.
  • Contain and secure long hair and beards to reduce the risk of being caught in equipment and machinery.
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Do not:

  • Wear your best clothing as it can be damaged or ruined.
  • Wear high heel shoes.
  • Wear thongs, sandals or open toed shoes.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Wear jewellery.