Health & Safety Information

Applied Skills and Technology 7 and 8

Workshop Behavioural Standards

Students MUST follow all shop routines and regulations as prescribed by classroom expectations.

  • Zero tolerance for physically aggressive and violent behaviors.
  • Be on time for class ready to work and learn.
  • Respect: This comes in many forms. Respect the equipment – Respect the workspace and respect one another. 
  • Food and Drink is NOT allowed anywhere in the shop at any time.
  • Electronic devices are restricted to the planning and prep area only. These devices MUST be turned off in the fabrication (high hazard) area.
  • Fidgets are NOT permitted in the shop at any time and will be confiscated immediately.
  • Loose clothing and open toed shoes are NOT permitted anywhere in the shop.
  • Communication with the teacher is essential and expected.
  • Trust is critical in a high hazard working environment. If I cannot trust that you will follow the shop code of conduct then you will be asked to leave.


Physical Hazards

Our shop was designed for large scale projects in mind and was built to accommodate high school students. As such, many of the tools are designed for heavy use and meant for an Industrial setting. In order for students to operate any equipment in the shop, they must work through all training steps as prescribed by the B.C. Ministry of Education and WCB (Workers’ Compensation Board). Please see the PDF document linked below.

Heads Up! Safety document. 

We currently operate the following Industrial tools at Dunsmuir Middle School:

  • Safety Stop – Table Saw
  • Mitre Saws
  • Scroll Saws
  • Band Saws
  • Thickness Planer
  • Jointers
  • Industrial belt sander
  • Drill press

In addition, we will be looking at the new WHMIS 2015 standards that incorporate universal GHS pictograms which replace the older WHMIS symbols.

Chemical Hazard


The following materials listed below are used in the fabrication of various shop projects. While most of these materials are considered low risk, some materials used in the finishing of our projects have specific hazards that can pose a serious health risk when misused. Due to the hazardous nature of these materials, food or drink (including chewing gum) is NOT permitted in the shop area at anytime. As per the SDS and where appropriate, personal protective equipment is given to minimize contact with these hazardous materials.


All solvents used in our shop come from RecoChem Inc. 

Specialty adhesives/coatings


Wood Finishes (oil based) 


Reloadable and single use motors for Rocketry: Energetic Materials


Unique hazards for the rocketry project are specific to the type of rocket motor and/or propellant being used. For our rocketry projects, we use specially developed Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant (APCP) which contains 3 times the potential energy than traditional black powder “toy” propellant. Under Federal Law, these power cartridge devices fall under the Explosives Act. Under normal circumstances these motors are storage stable and pose no risk unless subjected to extreme temperatures and shock. Ignitors (or e-matches) that are used to ignite these motors are electrically sensitive to all forms of electrical discharge. Ignitors are always stored in a grounded container, separately from reloads and single use motor modules and in accordance with NRCan Explosives Regulatory Division standards. Rocket motors and propellent reloads are not fireworks and are permitted for educational use provided that adequate space, storage and safety protocols are put in place.