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Makerspace Safety

Your Own Safety

Attention.  Give the work and the tool your undivided attention.  One and only one person should operate a machine and must attend it while running.  Operate machinery with a clear mind,never when fatigued or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, medication, or if you have a medical condition that may impair your ability to safely operate machinery.

Attire.  We safety glasses or goggles and closed foot wear.  Do not operate rotating machinery while wearing long sleeves, gloves, loose jewelry, loose long hair, neckties, hoodie strings or anything else which may be caught and draw you into the machine or set something on fire.

Ask for help!  If you are not familiar with a machine or operation, ask a Geek behind the desk.  Seek first aid immediately for any injury.  Ask for help anytime you feel unsure about the safety of what you are about to do.

The Safety of those Around You

Safe Materials.  Do not bring toxic, flammable explosive, or radioactive materials.  Do not bring materials which may become dangerous when machined or heated (e.g., closed pressure vessels).

Startling.  Allow others to give their work their undivided attention.  Do not tap people on the shoulder.  Move into others' line of sight before attempting to attract their attention.  Stay clear of areas where others may move unexpectedly without checking for your presence.  Give warning before making sudden loud noises.

Sharp Tools.  Dull tools require excessive force, can pose a fire hazard and have a higher likelihood of ejecting material from the work area.

The Safety and Health of the Tools

SOPs.  Consult manuals for additional information.  These can be found in the area or at the Geek desk.

Check and Report. Inspect items before using to ensure it is in proper working order.  Consult staff if unsure about anything.  Immediately report if something breaks.

Authorization.  Use only tools you have been authorized to use. 

Safety Videos

Soldering Iron

Sunfounder Kit

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