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Newport Makerspace / Creudy Casnewydd Safe Working Guide

The Trustees try to keep the level of risk exposure in Newport Makerspace / Cruedy Casnewydd in line with the expectations of a shared-use workshop environment, however as the space is in constant use and we have no paid staff to monitor it, we rely on all members to ensure that the space remains safe, and to notify us if it is not.

Your Responsibilities

You are responsible for your own safety when using the Makerspace, and for making sure you do not endanger the safety of those around you.

You must:

  • Assess whether you are capable of using tools and equipment safely before doing so (whether they belong to Makerspace, you, or another member). Do not use it if you’re not sure you are competent.
  • Consider the reach of influence when using tools and equipment. Noise, dust, and fumes will travel outside your immediate workspace and you must make reasonable efforts to ensure that they do not cause a danger to others.
  • Be mindful of others when using potentially dangerous tools and machines. They may not be paying attention, understand the risks, or be wearing appropriate PPE.
  • Do not distract someone when they are using a machine unless they are in immediate danger.
  • Remember that the Makerspace is a dynamic and evolving environment, and you can’t assume that things will be as you left them on your last visit, even if it was only yesterday. You must reassess the risks associated with a task on each visit.
  • Make sure you are in a fit state to use any piece of Makerspace equipment. Do not use machinery under the influence of drink or drugs. Do not use machinery while tired.
  • Never defeat or hack the Makerspace’s safety equipment and systems, such as interlocks and keycard access devices.
  • Wear appropriate PPE for any task you are undertaking.
  • Never disconnect or disable the earthing of any electrical equipment.
  • Actively maintain escape routes and ensure first aid and fire equipment is not blocked.

Reporting Risks

If you see something that poses an unacceptable level of risk, you must remedy that risk if it is safe to do so and you have appropriate knowledge or experience. You must also report the incident to the Trustees and leave a written note on, or in plain view of the hazard to alert other members.

If you see someone working in an unsafe way, alert them to the hazard. If someone tells you that you are working unsafely, immediately stop and reassess your working practices.

If someone gets injured, narrowly misses getting injured, or a situation is created that could easily lead to injury, you must fill in the incident book (located by the first aid kit in the corridor), or report the incident directly to the Trustees.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Use the correct PPE for every task. You must use PPE when using any machine with a PPE warning label, when working close to a running machine with a PPE label, or at any other time you consider appropriate

The Makerspace provides PPE for your use. If necessary PPE is missing, do not undertake a task that requires it. Our PPE is on the consumables list, so you will be reimbursed if you personally restock any missing PPE items.

Further Information

Our wiki has instructions and notes for the usage of some of our tools and equipment. Read the warnings, and if in doubt, ask another member.

members/safeworking.txt · Last modified: 2022/02/27 16:59 by aidanrtaylor