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Personal Safety

  • General:
    • All employees of the Mechanical Engineering Department must complete general safety training. Please see: http://www.me.umn.edu/intranet/safety/index.shtml
    • New students must receive orientation on lab operating procedures before working in a lab.
    • Food is forbidden in the fluid power labs.
  • Eye Safety:
    • OSHA approved safety glasses with side shields are absolutely required when working around fluid power equipment.
    • Wear a face shield when disconnecting or connecting hoses or pipes.
    • Oil leaks can occur without warning. Ensure that your eyes are adequately protected.
    • Ensure that an eye wash station is available in your lab.
    • Students are required to watch "Eye Safety" video (available in the Student Shop).
  • Hand Safety:
    • Always remove rings, watches and jewelry before working with fluid power equipment.
    • Fluid power equipment can generate very high forces and torques. Be aware of crushing hazards!
    • Hydraulic fluids can become HOT! Be aware of burn hazards.
    • Be sure that a system is depressurized before working on hoses or pipes. For extra protection against injection accidents, wear appropriate gloves when loosening hoses or pipes.
    • Do not wear gloves when working around moving machine parts which could catch them.
    • Students are required to watch "High-Impact Hand Safety" video (available in the Student Shop).
  • Attire:
    • Do not wear ties or other loose pieces of clothing that can get caught in moving equipment.
    • Open footwear is forbidden in the labs. If appropriate, wear safety shoes.