Scene Shop Operations, Rules and Regulations
Students not hired by the department are not allowed to be in the shop without a faculty member (or appointed student) to supervise.
Children are not allowed in the scene shop for safety reasons. There is now Child Care offered for students through the Advising Center. Please call them for further details.
If you take tool out of the tool cage, you are responsible for returning the tool to its place.
Students are allowed to use the facilities to work on private projects – times must be cleared through the Technical Director.
Do not use tools you have not been trained on. See the Technical Director, and (s)he will be happy to set up a time to train you. If available, (s)he will teach you at the time you see him/her.
Safety Rules for the Scene Shop
Any workplace that uses electricity, flammable and toxic materials, and tools capable of cutting, gouging, and sawing is an inherently dangerous environment. With a healthy dose of common sense and a few safety rules, however, working in the scene shop can be safe, efficient, and enjoyable.
- Wear clothing suited to the work: long pants, short or long-sleeve shirt, and shoes or sneakers (not sandals or open-toed shoes). Clothing should be reasonably close fitting. Don’t wear flowing robes-they might get caught in power equipment.
- Tie back, put under a cap, or otherwise contain long hair so that it won’t get caught in a power tool.
- Always get instructions before operating any power or hand tool. Be sure you know what you’re doing before doing it.
- Pay attention to what you are doing. Don’t operate any tool unless you are giving it your undivided attention. Watch your work area for potential hazards such as wood protruding nails and potential fire or electrical hazards. Either correct the hazard (if you know how) or report it to your supervisor.
- Keep your work space clean. If the shop is kept neat, clean, and organized, accidents are reduced and you can find tools and supplies you need.
- Know where the first-aid materials are kept. Disinfect all cuts and splinters, and bandage even minor cuts. Report all accidents to your supervisor.
- When working with materials that emit dust or fumes, make sure that the work area is well ventilated and that you wear an appropriate mask.