Safety | WHMIS Training


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • All students using any power tools, shop equipment or hand tools in the department of Fine Arts must use the prescribed safety gear (Personal Protective Equipment) for the work they are doing. Various PPE is available to be borrowed from the wood shop.
  • Eye protection is required in all fabrication shops within the department of Fine Arts. Eye protection including safety glasses, goggles, and face shields are available in the wood shop, metal shop, print shop, spray-booth and the tool crib. Students taking FINE 100 are each given a personal pair of safety glasses (included with the communal fee for FINE 100) to keep for the remainder of their time as a student at the University.
  • Ear protection is highly encouraged but not mandatory. Ear plugs and over the ear protection are available.
  • Dust masks are encouraged when you are cutting plywood, MDF (medium density fibreboard), exotic woods, and other products that produce fine dust. Dust masks are also available in the wood shop.
  • Respirators are required when working with Aerosol paints and finishes in the spray-booth.

Appropriate shop attire

  • Footwear that completely covers the foot with a decent sole is required (no open-toed shoes, ballet slippers, high heels or sandals are permitted in any shop environment).
  • Long hair should be tied back. Dangling jewelry should be removed. Avoid loose clothing: keep cuffs, drawstrings out of harm's way.

Safety practices

  • Cell Phones, headphones and other personal electronic devices are prohibited in all the shops: your complete attention is necessary to detect potential hazards.
  • All spray painting must be done in the spray-booth only.
  • All safety guards on all equipment must remain in place.
  • Never use equipment that appears to be broken, sounds unusual or is missing guards.
  • Used material (wood in particular) is not allowed to be used on Fine Arts equipment unless it is first inspected by a shop technician.
  • Clean up immediately after finishing at a tool or work area. Keep your work area free of debris.
  • Make sure you are comfortable with the operation of any tool or piece of equipment. If you are unfamiliar with a particular operation, read the standard operating procedure for that piece of equipment and seek assistance from the technician on duty.
  • Do not linger in the workshops or hover around other students.
  • Report any damage or strange sounds immediately to the shop technician.

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WHMIS training

Student safety orientation/WHMIS training is completed through UWaterloo LEARN. The course takes about 45 minutes and involves reviewing videos and case scenarios and completing short quizzes. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 80% in order to pass. WHMIS training is mandatory for all Fine Arts students and must be successfully completed during FINE 100 and before enrolling into 200-level studio courses.

The safety orientation/WHMIS online course can be accessed through the Safety Office website. Safety Orientation/WHMIS online is currently available for all undergraduate students. The course may be taken at any computer on campus. Off campus students are advised to use computers on campus if they do not have a high-speed connection. Students must self-enroll in WHMIS Online before being able to participate.

The studio technicians have observer status and can access student records at any time to determine if a student has completed this online training course. If additional proof of successful completion is requested, students may be asked for a printout from the last page of their online WHMIS course evaluation.

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