CEC Safety Procedures and Guidelines

The College of Engineering and Computing is home to engineering departments which feature laboratory and/or experimental activities that are integral to their academic programs and ongoing faculty research. Laboratory/experimental activities can entail exposure to new equipment, work surroundings, and/or materials handling techniques. To establish instructional spaces that are safe and effective, information and procedures pertaining to their use is presented in the following pages.

Emergency Contact Information

Local Safety Contacts

  • Emergency : 911
  • Oxford Police, Fire, Medical Assistance: 513-523-4321
  • Butler County 24-hr Crisis Hotline: 1-844-427-4747
  • YWCA Dove House Shelter: 1-800-618-6523
  • Mcullough-Hyde Hospital: 513-523-2111
  • Women Helping Women 24-hr Hotline: 1-513-381-5610

Miami University Contacts

  • Miami University Police: 513-529-2222
  • Dean of Students: 513-529-1877
  • Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity: 513-529-7157
  • Student Concern Management System: www.miamioh.edu/studentconcern
  • Student Counselling Service: 513-529-4634
  • Miami University Bias Reporting: biasreporting@miamioh.edu

CEC Contacts for Safety Related Issues

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CSE
ECE
MME

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CEC Safety Guidelines

  1. Active Shooter: Run-Hide-Fight (get out if you can, if not try to hide/lock doors, fight if confronted). More info here.
  2. Faculty and staff should be familiar with the Miami Emergency Procedures website.
  3. Further information on dealing with emergencies, safety concerns and student wellness/distress is provided by the Dean of Students. This information should be provided to all faculty and staff at least once a year. Notices from the Miami administration or MUPD should be distributed immediately.
  4. When CEC buildings need to be evacuated (due to a bomb threat or fire, for example), members of the Safety Committee will act as “checkers” as they exit their buildings. To the extent that they can do so safely on their way out, they will check offices/rooms and advise anyone they see to evacuate, and report to Diane Delisio or Scott Campbell on High Street in front of the arch (where first responders will arrive) if they know of anyone remaining in a building.

Incident/Recommendation Reporting Portal

Department Specific Procedures & Guidelines

Computer Science and Software Engineering Safety

CSE

Chemical, Paper and Biomedical Engineering Safety

Electrical and Computer Engineering Safety

ECE

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Safety

The objectives of the MME laboratories are:

  • To provide students a hands-on experience with materials, equipment and experimental procedures.
  • To develop the students’ ability to work safely in a laboratory and/or manufacturing environment without risk to themselves or others.

Basic safety procedures for all MME lab areas include:

  1. No food or drinks in the laboratories and machine shop. Ask instructors about their policies in the pre-lab instructional spaces.
  2. Avoid behavior that compromises your situational awareness.  Remain attentive at all times so you can readily identify risks from your actions or those around you.  Therefore, use of a cell phone or music player with headphone is not allowed in the shop area. 
    When working in teams, maintain good communications with you team mates so that everyone understands the operations/tasks being performed.  Do not assume that the other people know what you are planning on doing. For example, using pressurized air to clear chips might spray those standing nearby if they are unaware of what you’re doing and you’re not aware of your surroundings.
  3. Learn the location and proper use of all laboratory emergency equipment including the means for obtaining emergency medical assistance and help for other types of problems. Remember, the emergency number of campus is 911. Wall mounted phones are located near the room entrances as are the recessed panels for the fire extinguishers. In case of an accident or medical emergency, call 911 and inform any nearby faculty, lab instructor, or teaching assistant.
  4. Maintaining a clean and organized laboratory. Every student is responsible for the cleanup of any space/equipment used. When you finish, please put away all of the tools (drill bits, files, end mills, taps etc.) you used. This is very important because the machine shop and laboratories are shared spaces, and lack of diligence by any student negatively impairs the ability of the others to complete their work efficiently and correctly. Cleanup any machines that you used. For example, use a hand broom and dustpan to remove chips from machines and sweep the floor.
  5. Equipment utilization. You may only use equipment on which you have received operation and safety training. Students may use equipment in the machine after having completed MME231 but that access is limited to equipment specifically covered in the course.  DO NOT attempt to operate equipment with which you’re unfamiliar. Contact the lab supervisor or your course instructor to arrange a training session or immediate help completing a one-off task.

In addition to basic safety, some laboratory activities require the use of machine tools, chemicals, electricity, hydraulics, compressed gases and related equipment and tools. During these activities, additional safety precautions should be followed, including:

  • Work only in the presence of another person who can help in the event of a problem, especially when you’re new to a lab or the shop.
  • Use the correct equipment for the job. Find and use the proper manuals, reference charts, specifications and other instructional aids. Contact the lab supervisor to seek assistance with fixturing, tool selection etc. Tag, isolate, and report defective devices.
  • Wear clothing that affords protection and that will never cause a safety problem. No shorts or sandals (or any open toed footwear) may be worn into the machine shop – not even to simply walk in and collect a tool. Furthermore, no loose clothing that can be caught in rotating equipment should be worn in the machine shop. Most notably, this includes sweatshirts/hoodies with strings and shirts with loose cuffs. Long hair and jewelry worn on the wrist and neck can also pose serious dangers with machines such as the mill, lathes and saws. Secure these before using equipment in the machine shop. These precautions may well be applicable to equipment in research labs. Learn to recognize potenatial hazards and develop suitable corrective practices.  
  • Remove jewelry near electricity and machinery.
  • Locate the emergency stop on equipment before starting a machine.
  • Use the personal protective equipment (PPE) provided and follow the posted PPE requirements in each lab. Types of PPE in the MME labs may include:
    1. Eye protection: safety glasses or goggles must be worn at all times when in the machine shop and when operating equipment in the other lab spaces. In research labs, establish safety procedures in consultation with your advisor.   
    2. Long pants in EGB 052 (machine shop) at all times.
    3. Closed toe shoes in all workspaces (expect pre-lab spaces).
    4. Gloves should be worn as required. Abrasion resistant gloves should be worn when handling sheet metal of components with burrs to prevents cuts. Heat resistant gloves provide thermal protection when using the ovens and welding. Chemical resistant nitrile or latex gloves as needed when handling chemicals. DO NOT wear gloves when operating the power saws (band, scroll etc) and equipment which requires close proximity with rotating components such as the lathe. The glove fabric can get caught in the rotating part and pull the entire hand into the machine.
    5. Face shield should be worn when debris may be ejected from the operation such as grinding.
    6. Welding apron should be worn with gloves and an apron as required when using the welding equipment.

The essence of safety is thinking ahead about the possible consequences of your actions.  If you are unsure about instructions, procedures or an unfamiliar piece of apparatus, STOP AND OBTAIN ASSISTANCE.  For the sake of everyone involved, do not ignore any potentially unsafe condition or behavior. Safety is a shared responsibility – do your part!