Maintaining makerspace safety is a full-time job. Safety is a habit, and it must be practiced until it is automatic. If you ever encounter a situation you're unsure of with regard to safety, consult with a Library staff member.
- Before starting a machine, always check it for the correct setup. If you are not familiar with the equipment, please ask Library staff assist you.
- No weapons are allowed in Creativity Commons, nor are weapons allowed to be created inside the makerspace or with makerspace materials.
- Ask Library staff questions to address any doubt about the safe way to perform any job.
- Do not make alterations or perform any repairs on any equipment without specific permission.
- Operate only those machines and equipment you have been specifically trained and qualified to use.
- Take every precaution so that tools and materials are not, by reason of location or use, a hazard to others.
- Keep your fingers clear of the point of operation of machines by using special tools, devices, or PPE.
- Never indulge in horseplay.
- Before starting any work, familiarize yourself with the location(s) of emergency exits, fire extinguishers, and first aid kits.
- Get first aid immediately for any injury.
- Do not attempt to remove foreign objects from the eye or body. If chemicals get in your eye(s), wash the eye(s) for 15 minutes in an open flow of water before proceeding for medical treatment.
- Get help for handling heavy pieces of material.
Many Creativity Commons activities present a risk of injury to the eyes and face. Some processes are very noisy and can result in permanent deafness if suitable precautions are not taken.
The following PPE is available for use at Creativity Commons free of charge:
- Noise-reducing headphones for adults and children
- Eye protection glasses