This document is a work-in-progress and will be continually updated & refined throughout the development of the QC Makerspace. As we add more resources and tools to the Makerspace this document will update to reflect those offerings. (Or to use software development parlance, our safety guide is currently in beta phase.)
The purpose of this document is to introduce users to the safety guidelines and general policies of the Makerspace. Safety policies do not cover every aspect of how to operate equipment. Additional training will be made available by other documentation and Makerspace team members.
Access to equipment may be revoked at any time if these guidelines & policies are not followed.
Makerspace is currently located in Room 101 of the Rosenthal Library, adjacent to Media Commons. We share this space with Media Commons as well a general study area. The Makerspace zones are partitioned with a series of stanchions. Everywhere beyond the stanchions is considered Makerspace proper, and users must be granted permission before using any of the resources in these zones.
Whenever the stanchions are in place no users may enter the Makerspace. Only Makerspace team members may withdraw the stanchions.
There is no room named ‘safety’ - it is a state of mind.
All users must be trained before operating any equipment in the Makerspace.
The material in this Safety Guide provides important information required to work safely.
Queens College & CUNY students, staff, and faculty may access the Makerspace whenever a Team member is present.
General Dress Code
Any time you enter the Makerspace, you must adhere to this general dress code:
General Safety Policies (When Operating Equipment)
The makerspace facility is divided into several ‘zones.’ Each zone may have its own policies or rules to follow. Pay attention to any notices posted.
The ‘Comm Zone’ (short for Community & Communication, the long table) is like a co-working space. Food and drink may be consumed here.
Please clean up after yourself when you are done working in any zone.
Makerspace team and the community observe user actions and behaviors in the space. When the actions of a user are unsafe, this is reported and the team takes action. Additionally, authorized users of the makerspace are trained to call out when another user is not properly using equipment. They demonstrate through best practices how to more safely use the equipment.
this section will be updated & expanded shortly as more equipment is added to the Makerspace.
We are thankful to the Boise State MakerLab for informing us about their Safety Policies document, which was in turn based on think[box] Lab Policies documents. Sharing is caring & together we truly can make the world a better place for all.