Improving students' skills practice in safety management in educational workshop in tee department of mechanical and production engineering of Kyambogo University
The study set to investigate students skills practice 111 safety management in educational workshop. The study was guided by the following objectives; To identify the safety measures to be used in skills practice at the department of Mechanical and production Engineering, to design precautionary signs for Skills Practice in the department of Mechanical and production Engineering, implement safety measures for skills practice in the department of Mechanical and production Engineering. In the study, a descriptive research design was used, where both qualitative and quantitative research methods were used. The total number of respondents who participated in the study was 30 and these included the Head of Department, lecturers, students, technicians from the Mechanical & Production Engineering Department of Kyambogo University. Data was collected from respondents by use of questionnaires and interview guide as the research instruments. Data was presented and analyzed using tables and then descriptions were done using percentages. From the study findings, respondents enumerated common hazards in the training Workshops of Kyambogo University and they gave the following Physical hazard, Ergonomic hazards, Chemical hazards, Psychological hazards and Biological hazards. The study also revealed that accidents always occur in the department of mechanical and production workshops. The study revealed that the common causes of accidents in the workshop are Lack of knowledge about tools and equipment used, lack of safety gears, carelessness of students, nonuser of safety protective wears, improper storage of materials, lack of proper instructions to follow, use of recommend tools for a particular task, lack of supervision, congestion in the workshop and unawareness of the operations safety hazards. The following were given as strategies to improve on the depmiment workshop, warning signs which should be put in place with clear writings, providing protective gears to students and staff, provision of first aid kits, training have health and occupation safety team to evaluate and assess for improvement, renovation of workshops, warning rags be put on machines and it was concluded that that Kyambogo University lacks a proper and basic safety management practice trainings and therefore measures to improve the proper and basic safety management practice training should be in place.