Neuroengineering Lab Rules

Shop Safety


No one is allowed access to the shop without explicit approval of the administrator. If your swipe card will not open the door, you should not be in the shop. Never use your swipe card to provide anyone, other than yourself, access to the shop.

Full approval requires that you have completed the physics machine shop training class: or have received a waiver from the administrator due to extensive prior machining experience.

No one is permitted to work unsupervised.  It is required that you have a physical "buddy" with you at all times.  

Safety gear should be worn at all times when machinery is in use. Safety glasses are a must. Auditory and respiratory protection is provided and should be used when necessary.

Long hair should be tied back. Loose fitting clothing, open toed shoes, and jewelry should not be worn in the shop.

Never operate any machinery without first confirming that it is sound: all guards are in place, belts are appropriately tensioned, blades are adequately sharp, proper lubrication is provided, and cutting speed is accurately set. If you are unsure how to carryout any of the above, do not use the machine until you talk with the shop administrator and receive proper training.

If you are using a machine in a way that is novel to you, wait until the supervisor is present to assist you and to ensure that proper safety techniques are being utilized.  If you are ever unsure about any operation, do not continue until you can talk with the administrator.

Never leave any machine running unattended.

Never attempt to brake or slow a machine with your hand or any other implement.

Keep the machine and your work area clean.

Never place your hand near any cutting device in order to remove material or chips. Always use a push tool, brush, or compressed air.

Respect the other users of the shop. Make certain everyone has enough space to work safely. If you see any unsafe activity, immediately (but politely) inform the operator and report the event to the shop administrator.

We should all be grateful that the Center for Brain Sciences has provided us with this facility. Let us show this gratitude by keeping the shop safe, clean, and a friendly place to work.