Resource:Industrial Art Room Safety Evaluation Checklist

Industrial art shops typically contain equipment and materials that could present the potential for injury to students and teaching staff. High powered tools, hand tools, flammable liquids, dusts, electrical equipment and storage of heavy items are just a few of the possible hazards found in the program. It may also be beneficial to pay special attention to the room layout and design, equipment selection and maintenance, material storage arrangements, use of personal protective equipment, ongoing safety training and consistent enforcement of shop safety rules to assist in safety efforts. Evaluating the industrial art room on a regular basis is recommended. The checklist below provides a guide to some of the primary elements of a shop safety evaluation. This checklist can be customized to reflect the potential industrial art shop hazards at your school.

Room Design

  • Industrial Art Shops meet building and fire code requirements.                                                  Yes    No
  • Shops are adequately sized for the estimated number of students receiving instrutions.      Yes    No
  • Classrooms are locked when not in use.                                                                                          Yes    No
  • Emergency lighting is provided to allow for ample egress in the event of a power outage.    Yes    No

Woodworking/Metalworking Machinery

  • Tools and equipment used in the industrial arts classrooms:
    • Function properly.                                                                                                                        Yes    No
    • Are maintained in safe condition.                                                                                              Yes   No
  • Adequate spacing around fixed machinery or hazardous activity areas.                                      Yes    No
  • Floor work zones around machinery are delineated.                                                                        Yes    No
  • Machinery is secured to the floor.
  • Safety rules are posted by each machine.                                                                                          Yes    No
  • Machines are properly guarded.                                                                                                           Yes    No
  • Machines have emergency stop switches.                                                                                         Yes    No
  • Machine inspections are documented.                                                                                               Yes    No
  • Dust removal equipment is in working condition.
  • Emergency equipment is available, unobstructed and in operable condition:
    • Fire blanket                                                                                                                                     Yes    No
    • Eye wash stations                                                                                                                         Yes    No
    • Safety showers                                                                                                                              Yes    No
  • Hand tools inspection is documented.                                                                                                 Yes   No

Personal Safety

·         Personal protective equipment is available:

    • Goggles                                                                                                                                           Yes    No
    • Face shields                                                                                                                                    Yes    No
    • Gloves                                                                                                                                              Yes    No
    • Aprons                                                                                                                                              Yes    No
    • Solid shoes                                                                                                                                      Yes    No
  • Clothing and jewelry policy is in place.                                                                                                 Yes    No
  • Hair tie-back policy is in place.                                                                                                               Yes    No
  • Lockout/tag out procedures are in place.                                                                                            Yes    No
  • Shop is illuminated                                                                                                                                   Yes    No
  • Use of ladders is limited and ladders are secured.                                                                             Yes    No
  • Elevated platforms are equipped with toe board, mid rail and handrail.                                         Yes    No
  • No food is allowed in the shop.                                                                                                              Yes    No

Fire Prevention and Life Safety

  • Fire prevention measures in shops include:
    • Electrical service is of sufficient capacity to handle the heavy loads created by                 Yes    No      the many types of electrical equipment.
    • Electrical equipment is properly grounded to prevent the generation of sparks.                 Yes    No
    • Cutting, welding and soldering operations use a hot-work permit system.                          Yes    No
    • Spray painting and refinishing area is designed for flammable vapor control.                    Yes    No
    • Wipe rags are disposed of in approved storage container.                                                      Yes    No
    • Portable fire extinguishers available and inspected.                                                                Yes    No
    • No smoking policy in place.                                                                                                          Yes    No
  • Fire prevention measures functioning in woodworking shops include:
    • Procedures in place for cleaning out and inspecting dust collection system.                    Yes    No
    • Accumulations of combustible materials, such as scrap lumber are properly                   Yes    No      stored in an area separated by firewalls or barriers from the shop area.               
    • Flammable liquids, including glues, paints and varnishes are properly stored  in listed/approved cabinets or in areas separated by firewalls from shop area.                                                  Yes    No
    • Dust collection systems are equipped with spark detection.                                                 Yes    No


  • Shop work and storage areas are kept orderly.                                                                                  Yes    No
  • Stock is stored below shoulder level.                                                                                                   Yes    No
  • There are adequate storage arrangements for incoming stock.                                                      Yes    No
  • Walkways are clear of objects and protruding projects of metal, wood or other materials.       Yes    No
  • Shop is cleaned-up at the end of each class.                                                                                      Yes    No
  • Students projects are stored in a designated area with adequate clear access and in a            Yes    No stable manner.