Stanford University

Shop / Makerspace Safety

With 40+ academic, teaching and research-support shops on campus and satellite/ field locations, academic shop safety is an essential part of the Stanford academic experience. Shop safety activities include: metal-working and machining, wood-working and carpentry, electrical/electronic work, glass blowing/ forming, scenery costumery and set building, art sculpture and architecture building/ modeling, research/ device building, mechanics and vehicle building/ maintenance, 3D plastic and metal printing, and many others.

Under the direction of the University President’s Office via the University Committee on Health and Safety (UCHS) and Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), the Shop Safety Program provides shop-management tools and guidance, outlines safe work requirements and procedures, and guides training and record keeping for all work conducted in Academic Shops.

Shop Safety Committee

The Shop Safety Committee is a community-based group of shop managers, safety professionals, and academic support staff striving to develop and support a safe shop environment campus-wide.

Anyone from the Stanford community with interest may join the Shop Safety Committee! Are you passionate about makerspaces and shops? Join the Shop Safety Committee to develop further initiatives and create a safe making environment at Stanford. To join, sign up for our mailing list at and Slack channel #shopsafety. We look forward to meeting you at our next Shop Safety Committee meeting!

For additional information on Shop / Makerspace Safety Management processes and the Shop Safety Committee charter, refer to the Shop Safety Program document.

For Shop Users:

Shop Users are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shop safety requirements, procedures, and practices before working in a shop space. Please work directly with the Shop Managers on special training required by individual shops.

For Shop Managers:

Shop Managers are responsible for enrolling their shops / makerspaces into the Shop Safety Committee’s database when the shop is first established and annually thereafter. The format for maintaining records of their space users is up to each Shop Manager.

Additional Resources for Shop Managers


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