Common MakerSpace and Workshop Rules
The emergency phone number is 9-1-1
Report All Injuries
- Do not attempt to remove foreign objects from the eye or body.
- If chemicals get in the eye(s), immediately wash eye(s) for 15 minutes in an open flow of water before proceeding for medical treatment.
Use Protective Gear & Dress Appropriately
- Wear eye protection at all times while you are inside the MakerSpace, whether working or not: safety glasses with side shields, goggles, or face shields.
- Wear clothes that fit properly. Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around moving or rotating machinery.
- Remove ties, jewelry, gloves, etc. - especially around moving or rotating machinery.
- Tie back or cover long hair, to keep it away from moving machinery.
- Wear closed-toe shoes that cover the entire foot, no open-toe shoes or sandals.
- Wear suitable gloves when handling hot objects, glass, or sharp-edged items.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the project (i.e., do not wear clothing that exposes your bare arms or legs when welding).
- Safety is your top priority when using the shop. If you are not sure what you are doing, ask.
- Know all locations of first aid, fire, and safety equipment.
- Never use a tool unless you have been trained to use it safely.
- Never work alone when using power tools. Two people must be present and able to see one another.
- Sign in before using any equipment.
- Do not work in the shop if tired, in a hurry, or taking medication that may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Use sound judgement on your ability to stay alert and focused.
- Do not fool around, startle, or distract anyone (not even with conversation) while either one of you is using a tool.
- Think through the entire project before starting. Prepare prints or drawings - with all dimensions and specifications - prior to using machines.
Use Tools Properly
- Use tools as they were designed to be used (i.e., a wrench is not a hammer).
- Never use a broken tool.
- Report broken tools or machines immediately.
- Do not remove tools from the room.
- Never walk away from a tool that is on.
- A hard hammer should not be used to strike a hardened tool or any machine part. Use a soft-faced hammer.
- Operate machines with all required guards and shields in place.
- Clean up every time you leave an area, including sweeping the floor.
- Clean and return all tools to where they belong.
- Use compressed air sparingly; never aim it at another person or use it to clean off hair or clothes.
- Shut off and unplug machines when cleaning, repairing, or oiling.
- Never use a rag near moving machinery.
- Use a brush, hook, or designated tool to remove chips, shavings, etc. from the work area. Never use your hands.
- Keep fingers clear of the point of operation of machines by using the special tools or devices, such as, push sticks, hooks, pliers, etc.
- Keep the floor around machines clean, dry, and free from trip hazards. Do not allow chips to accumulate.
- Mop up spills immediately and place a chair or cone over them, if they are wet enough to cause a slip or fall.