Academic shop and maker space activities play an important role in the education of many NYU students in the arts, sciences, and engineering. These spaces include a broad range of uses and vary widley on the types of equipment they have on hand. Safety is a shared responsibility that involves the institution, the user, and staff. University guidelines have been developed which help define these safety standards, as well as roles, responsibilities, and authority. NYU Departments are required to develop a health and safety plan to prevent injury and exposure to hazardous materials in their specific shops and maker spaces. It is the responsibility of the department and the shop/maker space supervisors to ensure these areas and equipment are used and maintained in a safe manner. 

Hierarchy of Controls 

A hierarchy of controls is used as a means of creating a safer system.

Hierarchy of Controls. The five groups are stacked in an inverted triangle as progressively showing the most to least effective method of control. See longer description in expandable.

Elimination and Substitution

Elimination and substitution are the most effective at mitigating hazards. An example of substitution would be replacing a hazardous chemical used during a cleaning process with a less hazardous one.

Engineering Controls

Engineering controls are used to control – not eliminate - a hazard. Well-designed engineering controls will be independent of worker interactions and provide a high level of protection. Interlocks, machine guards, ventilation systems, and guardrails are examples of engineering controls

Administrative Controls

Administrative controls are behavior-oriented. Training, written procedures, inspections, lights, sirens, and warning signs are administrative controls.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

PPE is the last line of defense and is used to supplement other hazard control measures in the hierarchy. Examples of PPE are gloves, safety glasses, protective footwear, and dust masks.