Laminating Procedures for SpEd District Staff

What's Required

As a worker, it is your responsibility to:

Read the workplace safety and health poster at the jobsite.
Comply with all applicable Federal, State and local safety standards.
Follow all lawful employer safety and health rules and regulations, and wear or use required protective equipment while working.
Report hazardous conditions to the employer
Report any job-related injury or illness to the employer, and seek treatment promptly.

What We Do

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General Use of Laminator for District Special Education Staff
  1. All items to be laminated should be brought to the laminating drop-off spot which is located next to the Related Services Team copy machine at least one week in advance of needing the items laminated. 
  2. Ms. Henson will laminate all items submitted the prior week each Wednesday and place the laminated item(s) on laminating pick/up location near the Related Services Team copy machine (However, District Special Education Leadership who feel confident in their ability to use the laminator may due so as needed)
Note: If you have any questions please email or visit Ms. Lafeta Henson in the O&M/Brailist Portable (

Step-by-Step Directions for any District Leadership Team Staff Members Who Needs to Use of the Laminating Machine
  1. The Laminator is located in the Admin side of the T-Building at Southridge Center. Check out the key to the portable from Regina Razos or Lorraine Rosales at the admin building. 
  2. Plug in the laminator machine if it is not plugged in. While plugging in the laminator please ensure that the footing is solid and the cord is in away in front of you to prevent entanglement.
  3. Turn on the laminator. The power switch is usually located on the back of the device
  4. The warm-up process takes about 10 minutes. Do NOT start laminating until the green "Ready" light is illuminated. 
  5. Take a moment to ensure that the heat shield and feed tray are properly positioned. If these parts aren’t in the right place, you won’t be able to use the laminator.
  6. When you turn on the laminator, chances are it went to its default setting. The laminating speed setting should be set to the middle position. 
  7. The laminator will need some time to warm up. Some devices can take up to 10 minutes to warm up, so it’s a good idea to turn on the laminator with plenty of time to complete the laminating before you have to leave. When the machine is ready, the “ready” light will go on.
  8. Place your materials on the machine’s feed plate. Make sure they are centered.
  9. Press your laminator’s “run” button to begin the process. Once the machine’s rollers start moving, you can push your materials into the nip area. If you have multiple things to laminate, you can continuously feed them into the device. Make sure that the items don’t overlap.
  10. When you’re done laminating, stop the machine. If the laminator has the film cutter attached use it to slice the film and free your items. You can do this by pressing down on the cutter’s handle and slide it across the back. If the film cutter attachment is missing safely use a scissor to slice the laminating film.
  11. Turn off the laminating machine unless you have more items to laminate. 
  12. Unplug the laminating machine and lay the cord on the table next to the laminating machine to protect against accidental contact or breakage.

Note: Laminator is out of film. Do not attempt to replace the film. Please notify one of the following staff members who have been trained to replace the film. 
  • Lafita Henson (Brailist)
  • Wanda Concha (PEIMS Clerk) 
  • Liebe Garrison (SpEd) Technology Coordinator
  • Loraine Rosales (Secretary to the Mangers)
Laminator Use: Safety Guidelines

1. Beware of potential Hazards such as:
    • Entanglements of clothing
    • Moving parts
    • Hot parts
2. Precautions
    • Do not operate with loose clothing or jewelry
    • People with long hair must tie it back
    • All moving parts must be guarded (ensure trays and guards are in place)
    • Turn off when clearing jams and avoid contact with hot parts


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