There are many spaces that have tools and resources you can use to create
wonderful and awesome things. Before you use these spaces, it is imperative you
learn and understand the safety rules. These rules serve to protect you, the
user, from harming yourself, those around you and the equipment you are using.
It is important while you are in these spaces to make safety the first
consideration in every situation. PPE, or personal protective equipment, includes
everything from safety glasses to laser shields to proper shoes, pants and
clothing required while using specific tools and equipment. Remember to always
use correct PPE, and if you're not sure what to use, ask. Hand tools are commonly
used on many projects and are anything ranging from saws to wrenches. When using
a hand tool ensure that all proper PPE is available, in good condition and in
place before beginning work. Ensure all clothing, hair, jewelry and other objects
are clear of the work area before using a tool.
Refer to the manufacturer's manual for all operating procedures if you do not
know how to use a tool. Use the appropriate tool for the job, and avoid
applying excessive force as this will result in slipping.
Remember, screwdrivers and files are not to be used for prying or chiseling.
Use the proper size and type of screwdriver or wrench, and never strike a hardened
steel tool with a hammer. Before and after using a tool, inspect it and report
any damage to a staff member. When you're done, place tools in the appropriate
location, taking care to return them to their cases, and replace any protective coverings.
When using a tool with a blade, like a knife or a saw, take care to cut
away from your body. Wear cut-resistant gloves, and always use appropriate
work-holding strategies like clamps, vices and nonslip mats. Never work on an
insecurely held workpiece. Dispose of any replaceable blades and sharp objects
in the appropriate container. Power tools come in many shapes and sizes and can
enable a user to complete a variety of tasks otherwise impossible. If you are
ever unsure of the operation of a tool or what PPE may be required, refer to the
user manual of the device or ask a staff member. Whether it's a hot glue gun or a
jigsaw, it is always important to aim away from yourself
to ensure your safety, protect the tool and protect anyone around you in case
you lose control. If your tool has a cord, make sure it is not a tripping hazard
for yourself or others. Let the tool do the work. Never force a power tool in an
attempt to speed things up. It will result in damage to the tool and
possibly cause injury. Rotary power tools include Dremel tools,
drills and drill presses. It is important that your workpiece be properly held in place.
Make sure not to get anything wrapped around the axle of one of these
machines while they are running, as it can injure you and everyone around you.
Never try to stop a spinning machine with your hands, and always make sure to
use the correct speeds for the material you are using.
Cutting tools include jigsaws, oscillating tools and other powered saws.
When using these tools use manipulators, clamps and vices to ensure your
workpiece is properly secured. Keep your fingers and other body parts
away from the cutting blades at all times. Hot tools include 3-D printing pens,
heat guns and hot glue guns. The material that comes out of these devices are at
high temperatures and can burn you. When you're done using a power tool, let it
come to a complete stop or cool down, then turn it off, and disconnect it from
its power source. It is important that your actions are safe not only for
yourself but those around you. Keep your work area clean and free of loose
objects, trash or other debris. A clean work area is a safe work area. If you are
lifting something heavy, make sure to use correct lifting techniques to prevent
harm to yourself. When interacting with others in the spaces be courteous and
kind, as it creates a more inviting and creative atmosphere in the space.
Be safe, have fun and enjoy using our resources.