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Safety in Design & Technology Rooms

General Workshop Rules


  • Students should carry out workshop activities only in the presence of a teacher or instructor.
  • (The teacher/instructor-pupil ratio is 1:20 during lesson time in the workshop. The teacher-pupil/instructor-pupil ratio is 1:10 at any point of time after curriculum hours.)
  • Students should not operate machines unless they have been instructed on their correct use and are under the close supervision of a teacher or instructor.
  • All machinery should have safety-guards and protective gear for users.
  • All faulty tools and machines must be reported immediately and an "Out of Order" sign must be prominently displayed on the faulty equipment.
  • Every workshop must have a First Aid box that is easily accessible and regularly maintained.
  • Injuries, no matter how slight, should be given first-aid treatment and if necessary, the injured student should be sent for further medical treatment.
  • All accidents and injuries must be recorded.
  • All severe accidents caused by machinery and tools should be reported to the Principal and Cluster Superintendent, Ministry of Education, without delay.  The machines involved in the accident must not be operated or tampered with until investigation has been completed by the relevant authority.
  • All fire-fighting equipment must be easily accessible and periodically checked.
  • Unauthorised persons are not permitted in the workshop.
  • No students are allowed to enter the Machine Shop at all times.
  • The workshops are to be well ventilated.
  • Workshop safety rules to be observed by students are to be prominently displayed.

The following may be used as a guide to establish safety rules in the workshop:


  • Always use the right tool for the right job and return it to its proper place after use. 
  • Exercise extreme care when handling sharp-pointed or sharp-edged tools.
  • Do not use tools that are blunt, badly worn, mushroomed or in poor condition. 
  • Do not handle electrical points when your hands are wet.
  • Wear aprons or overalls during practical lessons. 
  • Put on safety goggles, face masks, or protective gloves in necessary situations.
  • Do not wear long-sleeved shirts, school-ties, watches, rings, bracelets and bangles during practical lessons. 
  • For female students with long hair, keep your hair tied up neatly to prevent it from becoming a hazard during practical lessons. 
  • Do not rush; watch your step while in the workshop. 
  • Do not run or play in workshop.
  • Do not talk or walk unnecessarily in the workshop.
  • When in doubt, always ask. 
  • Clean up the work area after each practical session.