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

  • 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.