Studio Safety

Studio Safety
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Studio/Lab Access and Hours of Operation

Studios are typically open access between 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. Entry to Studios is available by keycard (IDC, B3) or key (B7) during all remaining hours – see your instructor for instructions on how to obtain a key. For students’ convenience, hours of operation may widen at peak “project production” times; if so, these new hours will be posted.

Please fill out: Building 3 key-card request forms with Instructional Services (Edna Quichocho) in order to obtain card-keys. Please obtain from your instructor the key request form for Building 7 physical keys, complete the form and your instructor will return a complete set of requests to the Dean’s office for processing. The building will remain in open access until key-cards/keys have been processed. IDC Access cards are processed by Sam Winfield in the ARC Department office.

From an on-campus phone… University Police Department Dispatch
call 911.
From your cell phone… University Police Department Dispatch call 909-869-3070.

Studio/Lab Facility

  1. All aisles and doorways are to remain clear.
  2. Do NOT bring personal furniture into the lab.
  3. Everyone using the lab is responsible to assure that floors are free from trip or slip hazards. Desks or other furniture are to be arranged so that people cannot trip over floor monuments or extension cords.
  4. Students may not construct personal studio partitions studios spaces. (The IDC rolling partitions are provided to separate studio sections within the middle space of the building and are not to be used for personal work spaces.) No partition or individual’s studio desk may be covered overhead with a semi-permanent or temporary structure of any kind.
  5. No flammable material may be used in the construction of partition or individual work areas. Any fabric or partition material needs to be non-toxic and flame resistant. Partition made from cardboard or bed sheets are not allowed.
  6. Fire extinguishers are at specific locations in the studio/lab. Become familiar with where they are located and know how to use them.

First Aid & Personal Protective Equipment

  1. First aid supplies available in the studio/lab. The kit is inspected periodically by IDC staff. If you use the supplies in the kit please notify a staff member so that it can be re-stocked.
  2. Eye wash station is available in the studio/lab and is inspected by Studio/IDC staff. If you become aware of any malfunction notify a Studio/IDC staff member or your instructor immediately.
  3. It is the responsibility of each student to provide their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while working in the studio/lab. PPE may include, but not limited to eye protection, gloves, long sleeve clothing, closed shoes, respirators, etc. It is also the responsibility of each student to keep their PPE in good condition and to wear such equipment wherever and whenever appropriate. No Open-Toed Shoes are allowed in the studio/lab.

Hazardous Materials & Chemical Safety

  1. Spray products, including spray mounts cannot be used indoors.
  2. Chemicals being used in the lab must be in the manufacturer’s container, with an accurate label and an SDS must be on file.
  3. Concrete cannot be stored, mixed or used indoors.
  4. Do not dump waste concrete mix or rinseate from containers in the dirt or planters. Use only approved waste collection containers.
  5. There is a limited list of hazardous materials that can be brought to campus from home. These materials must be in the manufacturer’s original container, have the student’s name on the container and have the manufacturer’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS). The manufacturer should provide the SDS, but it can also be found on the manufacturer’s website.

The material must be stored in the appropriate storage locker designated for the type of material. Remember, “If you can’t use it safely, please do not bring it on campus.”

If there is waste material a hazardous waste manifest must be completed and Environmental Health and Safety disposal procedures followed. (Call EH&S at x4697 for more information). It’s best to be “Green”!

Any hazardous material left in a locker at the end of the class term will be destroyed of appropriately.

Tool and Equipment Maintenance & Safety

  1. Electrical/Ethernet floor monuments and other outlets are not to be overloaded or damaged. Multiple plug adapters cannot be used, and (for outdoor outlets) weatherproof covers must be in place.
  2. Electrical extension cords must NOT be brought from home. Use of an extension cord is only temporary, less than 1-day. Prior to each use check for any damage. If frayed or tampered with in any way do NOT use. When in use prevent trip hazards. Extension cords should be stored when not in use. Report damaged cords to a Studio/IDC staff member or to your instructor.
  3. All tools (hand and power) and equipment are to be maintained per manufacturer’s instructions and be in good working condition. All manufacturer’s guarding must be in place at all times during use. All electrical equipment must be grounded. All tools must be used for their intended purpose. Report any malfunction, damaged or missing guards to a Studio/IDC staff member or to your instructor.
  4. No power or sanding tools shall be used indoors except in the ENV Model Shop and Art Wood Shop. A Studio /IDC staff member or a designated student assistant must be present when such tools are in use.
  5. Hand and/or power tools brought from home should not be shared with/used by anyone other than the person who owns the tools. As in #16 above, the tool must be in good condition, guarded and used only for its intended purpose. Personal tools that are used improperly or in prohibited locations may be confiscated. They will be returned to the student to remove from campus.

If you have questions and/or if you need training on any of the information discussed, please notify a Studio/IDC staff member or your instructor prior to working in the lab.

Safety Inspections & Reporting Concerns
The IDC staff will perform periodic, scheduled safety inspections of the studio/lab facility and equipment.

If you see something say something. Report any and all safety concerns including but not limited to: equipment malfunctions, missing guards, improper use of equipment, hazardous material spills, etc., promptly to a Studio /IDC staff member or to your instructor.

Report all injuries and/or near miss incidents to a Studio/IDC staff member or to your instructor.

Reporting of safety concerns can also be made anonymously to the Environmental Health & Safety Office please visit the EHS Contacs Us page. 

General Housekeeping

The College supports recycling. Bins are made available for a variety of materials. When using these bins, please take care not to contaminate one sort of material with another; contaminated materials often cannot be accepted for recycling. If necessary, students may be asked to help move student-owned recyclable materials to a recycling center.

In an effort to reduce waste, all ENV Departments encourage the reuse of project materials such as cardboard, Styrofoam, model bases, castors, basswood and other wood products. This reusable material will be collected and sorted and will be available free to students. Please confirm/coordinate with studio staff the location/acquisition of reusable modeling, and other art and design products.

Students are required to clean-up the workspace and general studio areas of the Studio every Wednesday at the beginning of their studio times for the duration of 20 minutes throughout Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Each individual student is responsible for inside and outdoor areas and need to use sound judgement in storing or disposing waste material. If you have questions in this regard, ask a Studio staff member or your instructor.

Every individual course coordinator or instructor is asked to help with the coordination and execution of this clean-up schedule in a safe and disciplined manor.

This regular schedule is in addition to other ordered clean-up events.

Any intentional or egregious violations of these policies will be forwarded to the office of Student Conduct and Integrity (formerly known as Judicial Affairs).