Health and safety rules

All workshop users must read and observe the following guidelines. These will keep you and your fellow makers safe and productive.

  • If you are unsure of anything, please ask.

  • You are responsible for other people’s health and safety. If you see somebody doing something unsafe, you are obliged to say something.

  • Wear covered shoes and tie your hair back if it is long.

  • Don’t wear clothing or jewellery with loose parts that might get caught in machinery.

  • Wear the appropriate protective gear when using machinery.

  • If you have not been inducted into the workshop or on a specific machine, don’t use it.

  • Respect the tools. If you are unsure how to use a tool, just ask. Use the correct tool for the job to prevent unnecessary breakages and return tools to where you found them.

  • Keep clear of any person operating tools and machinery (bumping an operator could cause serious injury to you or the operator).

  • All accidents or incidents must be reported on the Accidents/ Incidents register.

  • If something is broken or missing please tell us and write it on the Broken Equipment list.

  • If you use the last of a consumable or material, add it to the To Order list.

  • Respect your fellow makers. Be conscious of other people working around you and warn people if you’re about to make a loud noise.

  • Respect the space. Clean up after yourself, put all tools away, sweep down work surface and floor.

  • We endeavour to use materials that are otherwise heading for landfill. Think twice about where you source your materials from. Come talk with us, we know lots of secret spots for cheap and wonderful supplies.

  • Keep cellphone use to a minimum.

  • No food or drinks in the workshop.

  • Intoxicated people may not use the workshop.

  • Learn from your mistakes, and don’t be afraid of them.