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==Overview==
==Overview==
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Here are the Asylum's priorities in order of importance.
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Looking out for each other in the shop and the labs and considering the importance of other people's safety while you, or they, work is very important. If you see someone working in an unsafe manner, advise them that you think they are being unsafe and offer advice if you can. There are not necessarily lifeguards in this pool, but you can and should act as one when you can.
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# Ensuring the safety of people
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#* Renters
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#* Tool operators
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#* Bystanders
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# Ensuring the safety of the Asylum's equipment
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#* When used within the scope of its capabilities, equipment should not be damaged.
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#* Doing something which is unsafe, or will damage tools, is showing disrespect for other members.
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If you choose to use tools (or other resources) in an unsafe manner, or outside the scope of their capability, don't expect future access to those resources.
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Safety is not just about physical injury. For information about how to treat each other to make this a safe space, please see the [[Membership Agreement]].
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The Asylum's two main safety priorities, in order of importance, are:
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# Ensuring the safety of people, including renters, tool operators, and bystanders; and
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# Ensuring the safety of the Asylum's equipment.
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== Basic Shop Rules ==
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If you choose to use tools or other resources in an unsafe manner, or outside the scope of their capability, don't expect future access to these resources.
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* '''You must pass a certification test on most tools you want to use before you use it, even if you are already experienced in using that tool.'''
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==Emergency==
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** Hand tools and soldering irons are the only exceptions, as we do not offer testing for these tools
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** Use the right tool for the job. Misusing a tool because it’s handy can damage it and your project.
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** [https://www.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUZXandpWXNGcEt2fGRlZmF1bHR8YjI1MmFkZTIzYmIzZTc1MDQxOGRiODU0YTQzYTBjYTQ&ctz=America/New_York Tool Testing Calendar]
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* Do not use any machine you are not trained on and comfortable using. If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, '''Stop immediately and ask for help. Do not force tools.'''
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* Do not use any machine that is not in good working order. Stop, leave a note on the machine and notify maintenance@artisansasylum.com
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* Wear safety glasses at all times when in the shop area, including near the machine shop.
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* Ear protection is also recommended, many of the tools operate above 90 decibels and without protection, you are losing hearing.
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* Eye washing stations are at either end of main shop corridor and have single-use cartridges.
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** It costs quite a lot to replace the cartridges, so be careful not to bump them.
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* When using power tools (including hand power tools):
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** No open-toed shoes or loose clothing
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** Remove objects on hands and wrists (including rings, bracelets, & watches)
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** Remove dangly necklaces, hair ornaments, and earrings
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** Restrain long hair to prevent entanglement
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** Do not wear gloves
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** Do not leave machines running unattended.
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== Woodshop Rules ==
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In case of emergency, call 911. Our address is 10 Tyler Street, Somerville MA 02143
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== Safety Equipment ==
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* All powered woodcutting and sanding tools must be run with dust collection or vacuum equipment connected to the appropriate ports and on at all times.
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=== First Aid Kits ===
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* Smoke or sparks are bad signs in the woodshop. Stop what you are doing and correct the problem. Usually correct feed and depth of cut or getting a sharp bit / blade will help.
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* All wood must be processed according to our [[Materials Cutting Chart]]. Wood considered highly toxic, or containing lead paint or mold, is never to be machined in the space. Wood with nails, screws, staples, etc., must not be cut with the large power saws. You must read the [[Materials Cutting Chart | full cutting chart]] for all details (also posted in the woodshop).
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* No metal cutting allowed on woodshop equipment.
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* No wet or damp items of any type (including containers, rags, limbs) may be placed or left on horizontal machine surfaces.
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* Clean your machines, your work space, and put all tools away when finished. Scrap wood should be placed in designated locations. Use vacuums or hand brushes to clean machinery.
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* Food and beverages allowed only on workbenches with ratty tops - never on any machine table.
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[[Category: Safety Policies]]
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=== Emergency Eyewash Stations ===
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[[Category: Shop Rules]]
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== Welding Shop Rules ==
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There are four emergency eyewash stations located in the building.  Two are [[Eyewash_station | large units]] that use cartridges and two are small units which use bottles.  Both cartridges and bottles are sealed and must be replaced after use.  Please familiarize yourself with these eyewash stations before you need to use them by watching this [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdQijAzLEjo training video].  There is no cost associated with using eyewash stations in an emergency, so do not hesitate to use them if necessary.  After use, please e-mail maintenance@ so the cartridges/bottles can be replaced as soon as possible. 
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'''Having a nonworking eyewash station is more dangerous than having no eyewash station at all.  For this reason, if you trigger an eyewash station for anything other than emergency use, you will be charged for replacement cartridges.'''
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* NEVER weld without a proper face shield.
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* [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001QL343C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001QL343C&linkCode=as2&tag=artisan0d-20&linkId=6ZLA7AS4AMY6PMH6 Large Eye Wash Station]
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* Closed shoes must be worn.
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* Long-sleeved, non-flammable shirt must be worn.
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* Wear proper welding gloves.
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* Never weld on or near anything that's been cleaned with a chlorinated hydrocarbon like brake-cleaner.  Combined with UV light it can create phosgene gas. '''THIS CAN KILL YOU OR PEOPLE NEARBY''' or hurt you really badly. Ventilation will not prevent poisoning.  [http://www.brewracingframes.com/safety-alert-brake-cleaner--phosgene-gas.html Here's what can happen.] ([http://www.njlca.org/pages/Safety/Common%20Cleaners%20Can%20Turn%20Into%20Poison%20Gas.pdf PDF version.])
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* Always wear ear protection (earplugs or muffs) if there's any chance at all a spark could bounce or fall into your ear canal.  An eardrum punctured by a spark will instantly cauterize and never heal.
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* If you burn yourself, immediately douse with cold water: seconds count!
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=== Fire ===
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== Basic Shop Rules ==
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* You must '''always''' wear safety glasses when in or near shop areas.
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* You must '''always''' wear closed-toed shoes when in or near shop areas.
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* You must '''always''' wear tight-fitting clothing, secure long hair, and remove jewelry or dangling accessories when in or near shop areas.
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* Hearing protection is '''recommended''', as many of the tools generate sound above 90 decibels which will cause short- and long-term hearing damage.
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* '''You must pass a certification test on most tools you want to use before you use it, even if you are already experienced in using that tool.'''
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** Hand tools and soldering irons are the only exceptions, as we do not offer testing for these tools.
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** [https://www.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUZXandpWXNGcEt2fGRlZmF1bHR8YjI1MmFkZTIzYmIzZTc1MDQxOGRiODU0YTQzYTBjYTQ&ctz=America/New_York Tool Testing Calendar]
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* You must '''always''' be trained on and comfortable using a tool.  If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, '''stop immediately and ask for help'''.
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* You must '''always''' use a tool as it is designed to be used.
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* You must '''always''' ensure a tool is in good working order before using it.  If you begin using a tool and it is somehow unsafe, '''stop immediately, leave a note on the tool that it is unsafe, and notify maintenance@artisansasylum.com'''.
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* Make sure you know the [[media:Artisan's_Asylum_Floor_Plan_Safety_Map_Updated_December_14.pdf | locations of safety equipment]] and use this equipment only for its intended purpose.
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* When using tools (including handheld power tools):
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** Wear tight-fitting clothing.
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** Remove objects on hands and wrists, such as rings, bracelets, and watches.
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** Restrain long hair and remove dangling necklaces, hair ornaments, and earrings.
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** Know whether or not to wear gloves.
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** Do not leave tools running unattended.
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Make sure the weld area is free from all flammable materials such as flammable liquids, paper, etc. Do not wear clothing or gloves that have been exposed to flammable liquids.
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== Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ==
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=== Electrocution ===
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* Proper PPE should be worn at all times when in or near shop areas or when working with tools.  Information on PPE can be found on the [[Personal_Protective_Equipment_(PPE) | Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)]] page.
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Before turning on a weld machine, make sure there are no puddles of water on the floor around the weld bench or the machine. Make sure the weld machine is dry, including the main box, the torch, the pedal and the plug.
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== Shop & Craft Area Specific Rules ==
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There is little risk of dangerous electrocution from a properly working TIG weld machine. When the user presses on the pedal to initiate the arc, a high-frequency low amplitude arc will emit from the tip of the weld torch. Once the machine detects the grounded metal piece that is to be welded, the arc will switch over to a high-amplitude DC current. Even if the operator deliberately points it toward their body, the shock will be mild, since the machine will not switch over to the high amplitude current.
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* [http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Basic_woodshop_safety_rules Basic Woodshop Safety Rules]
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* [http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Basic_welding_safety_rules Basic Welding Safety Rules]
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* [http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Category:Multipurpose_Room Multipurpose Room 1 Rules]
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* [http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Basic_electronics_safety_rules Electronics and Robotics Rules]
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=== Burns ===
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== Incident Report ==  
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Welded metal will remain hot for several minutes after it is welded. In most cases the heat is localized near the welds itself. In the case of more conductive materials such as copper and aluminum, the heat may more distributed throughout the piece.
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* If an accident or injury occurs, please fill out a [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE5YaGF1X3JZQ2FlN0c3Qk5NQkp4TFE6MA incident report].
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In the case of TIG welding, sparks and spatter are non-existent, unless rusty or dirty metal is used. When MIG welding steel, there will be sparks, earplugs and full coverage safety glasses (as always) should be worn to prevent burns to sensitive tissues.
 
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Gloves must be worn when welding and handling recently welded material. White cotton welding gloves may be used for light TIG welding, as long as they are free from holes. For heavier welding, deerskin or heavy duty welding gloves should be used.
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=Expectations for working in the shops=
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==Before you can work independently in our shops==
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*You must be certified to use that tool. For up to date information about testing see here: https://artisansasylum.com/tool-testing/'''
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*Register for the next [https://artisansasylum.com/membership/member-orientation/ New Member Orientation] for a general overview
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*Join the [http://wiki.artisansasylum.com/index.php/Mailing_Lists:_Which_List_For_What#Mailing_Lists_for_Specific_Craft_Areas Craft area mailing lists] for the shops you work in
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*Review the [[Shop Safety and Etiquette]]
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Closed shoes are a must: no sandals.
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==User responsibilities==
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This is not limited to members, but day pass and corporate associates users as well!
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*Know the current operation procedures for the equipment.  This includes reading the manual on new equipment you may not have used IE (You trained on the Powermatic 15hh but want to now use the Powermatic 22” planer)  This information can be found on the wiki.  Ignorance is not an excuse.
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*Know the current operation procedures for any related equipment. This includes dust collection, ventilation, feed tables, etc.
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*Don’t leave projects out in the shop.  Especially don’t leave projects out without labels on it. See our [[Tidy Space Policy]] for how to tag your in progress projects to avoid them being discarded.
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*If you are going to consume things, bring things to consume.  Saw blades, drill bits, sand paper etc all have a service life.  Bring your own if you are going to be doing a bunch of volume.
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*Bring your own PPE.  You should have your own Safety glasses, hearing protection, welding gloves, etc when you come to work.  If your PPE is not comfortable you will not wear it.  Don’t buy the cheapest possible when it comes to keeping your eyes intact.  Rx-safety.com can do prescription safety glasses.  http://amzn.to/1UfnM5n for hearing protection is a popular choice.  Having your own PPE will be more comfortable for you and encourage you to use safety equipment.
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=== UV Burns ===
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===Ready to use===
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*Know what the “Ready to Use” state should be.  This includes a clean tool that can be used as expected by the next user.  This is a Pay it forward type of environment.  There is a saying “Leave this world a little better than you found it”  This should apply to the shops.  The majority of users do their best to leave equipment ready for the next member.
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*The space is cleaned and maintained by you (the members of the space). It is the responsibility of each member to clean up after themselves. You should always leave the space in better shape than you found it.
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*Plan time accordingly.  You know you need to clean up.  A project is going to take 1.5x what you think it will.  Clean up will take 20% of your time.  You should also be spending time giving back to the asylum volunteering based on the time you use the shop.  This can be a completely self-serving task.  If you spend 20 hours in the wood shop a week, you should be giving back two hours in some way.  Cleaning and taking out the trash is easiest choice.  Organizing, updating documentation, testing others are also great ways to accomplish this.  If you are an employee of a member company and are in the shop 40 hours a week, this is not just a service you are using.  This is a community and you have a responsibility to give back to make this work.  This means on top of doing the expected clean up after yourself you should also be improving the space.  If you as a member bring contractors in, you are responsible for this.  You should either put in the time yourself, or have your contractor take care of it.
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*If you are going to take off after a big project and travel, pay someone to clean up after you.
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** If someone is leaving a mess and breaking tools, they may not fit with our model and should go elsewhere.
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The light emitted from a weld arc is much brighter than that of the sun, since it is much closer. Do not look at the arc without wearing a full-faced welding mask, with a shade 10 or darker filter plate. Always make sure the weld curtains are in place between the welders and other people in the shop. Also be sure to cover any exposed skin while welding or observing inside the weld area, including cuffs and collar areas. The rays from the arc can cause a UV burn much worse than a sunburn. Observers may use a cardboard mask with a shade 10 filter plate.
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'''Cleaning up after yourself looks like:'''
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=== Compressed Gas Tanks ===
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*sweep the area you're working in when you're done
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*leave all tools, equipment and surfaces in ready to use condition
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*wipe down and clean surfaces (don't leave food, glue residue, shavings or fluids on surfaces)
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*throw out trash and empty full trash cans to the dumpster
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*put tools and supplies away
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Argon and CO2 are gasses normally found in atmosphere and aren't inherently dangerous, however, if left on in an enclosed area could potentially cause suffocation by fully displacing the breathable air. The larger potential danger is the change of the top getting knocked off the tank, causing it to become a rocket powerful enough to cause severe damage to people, equipment, and ever possibly the building itself.  
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=When something breaks…=
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*If you break equipment or find something broken report it to the '''Maintenance Team, a group of members interested in maintaining tools at maintenance[at]artisansasylum[dot]com'''. In addition, either CC or send a separate message to the mailing list for the shop. The faster it’s reported the quicker it’ll be fixed.
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The following guidelines must be followed '''at all times'''.
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**Send as many details as you can including observations, a diagnosis and links to replacement parts when available
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*If you break a tool doing something you know to be wrong best practice is to pay for the repair parts and help with the repair.  You may not know how to do the repair, but hanging out with someone more experienced is a great way to learn!  The more you know about the inner workings of the tool, the better your projects will become.
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*We have a ticket tracking system that will update our wiki in real time if you tag the tool as broken using the QR code on the tool.
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[[Category:Shop Rules]]
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[[Category:Safety Policies]]
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[[category:Safety]]
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[[category:Training]]
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=== Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ===
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* PPE is required when in any shop area whether working or not.
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To protect from chips, sawdust, splinters or other foreign objects.
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* Prescription safety glasses with side shields. [http://www.rx-safety.com/ Prescription safety Glasses] (regular glasses without side shields are not acceptable)
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Welding Protection
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*The minimum footwear must cover the entire foot.
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*No one wearing sandals, toe shoes (vibrams, skeletoes), or open top shoes (mary jane) will be allowed to enter the shops.
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=== What You Can Borrow While Working at Artisan's Asylum ===
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[[Category:Safety]]
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* [https://www.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUZXandpWXNGcEt2fGRlZmF1bHR8YjI1MmFkZTIzYmIzZTc1MDQxOGRiODU0YTQzYTBjYTQ&ctz=America/New_York Tool Testing Calendar]
 
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* [[media:FloorPlanFireEyewash.pdf | Fire Exits and Eye Wash Locations]]
 

Current revision as of 14:06, 30 January 2018

Contents

Overview

Looking out for each other in the shop and the labs and considering the importance of other people's safety while you, or they, work is very important. If you see someone working in an unsafe manner, advise them that you think they are being unsafe and offer advice if you can. There are not necessarily lifeguards in this pool, but you can and should act as one when you can.

Safety is not just about physical injury. For information about how to treat each other to make this a safe space, please see the Membership Agreement.

The Asylum's two main safety priorities, in order of importance, are:

  1. Ensuring the safety of people, including renters, tool operators, and bystanders; and
  2. Ensuring the safety of the Asylum's equipment.

If you choose to use tools or other resources in an unsafe manner, or outside the scope of their capability, don't expect future access to these resources.

Emergency

In case of emergency, call 911. Our address is 10 Tyler Street, Somerville MA 02143

Safety Equipment

First Aid Kits

Emergency Eyewash Stations

There are four emergency eyewash stations located in the building. Two are large units that use cartridges and two are small units which use bottles. Both cartridges and bottles are sealed and must be replaced after use. Please familiarize yourself with these eyewash stations before you need to use them by watching this training video. There is no cost associated with using eyewash stations in an emergency, so do not hesitate to use them if necessary. After use, please e-mail maintenance@ so the cartridges/bottles can be replaced as soon as possible.

Having a nonworking eyewash station is more dangerous than having no eyewash station at all. For this reason, if you trigger an eyewash station for anything other than emergency use, you will be charged for replacement cartridges.

Basic Shop Rules

  • You must always wear safety glasses when in or near shop areas.
  • You must always wear closed-toed shoes when in or near shop areas.
  • You must always wear tight-fitting clothing, secure long hair, and remove jewelry or dangling accessories when in or near shop areas.
  • Hearing protection is recommended, as many of the tools generate sound above 90 decibels which will cause short- and long-term hearing damage.
  • You must pass a certification test on most tools you want to use before you use it, even if you are already experienced in using that tool.
    • Hand tools and soldering irons are the only exceptions, as we do not offer testing for these tools.
    • Tool Testing Calendar
  • You must always be trained on and comfortable using a tool. If at any time you are unsure of what you are doing, stop immediately and ask for help.
  • You must always use a tool as it is designed to be used.
  • You must always ensure a tool is in good working order before using it. If you begin using a tool and it is somehow unsafe, stop immediately, leave a note on the tool that it is unsafe, and notify maintenance@artisansasylum.com.
  • Make sure you know the locations of safety equipment and use this equipment only for its intended purpose.
  • When using tools (including handheld power tools):
    • Wear tight-fitting clothing.
    • Remove objects on hands and wrists, such as rings, bracelets, and watches.
    • Restrain long hair and remove dangling necklaces, hair ornaments, and earrings.
    • Know whether or not to wear gloves.
    • Do not leave tools running unattended.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Shop & Craft Area Specific Rules

Incident Report


Expectations for working in the shops

Before you can work independently in our shops

User responsibilities

This is not limited to members, but day pass and corporate associates users as well!

  • Know the current operation procedures for the equipment. This includes reading the manual on new equipment you may not have used IE (You trained on the Powermatic 15hh but want to now use the Powermatic 22” planer) This information can be found on the wiki. Ignorance is not an excuse.
  • Know the current operation procedures for any related equipment. This includes dust collection, ventilation, feed tables, etc.
  • Don’t leave projects out in the shop. Especially don’t leave projects out without labels on it. See our Tidy Space Policy for how to tag your in progress projects to avoid them being discarded.
  • If you are going to consume things, bring things to consume. Saw blades, drill bits, sand paper etc all have a service life. Bring your own if you are going to be doing a bunch of volume.
  • Bring your own PPE. You should have your own Safety glasses, hearing protection, welding gloves, etc when you come to work. If your PPE is not comfortable you will not wear it. Don’t buy the cheapest possible when it comes to keeping your eyes intact. Rx-safety.com can do prescription safety glasses. http://amzn.to/1UfnM5n for hearing protection is a popular choice. Having your own PPE will be more comfortable for you and encourage you to use safety equipment.

Ready to use

  • Know what the “Ready to Use” state should be. This includes a clean tool that can be used as expected by the next user. This is a Pay it forward type of environment. There is a saying “Leave this world a little better than you found it” This should apply to the shops. The majority of users do their best to leave equipment ready for the next member.
  • The space is cleaned and maintained by you (the members of the space). It is the responsibility of each member to clean up after themselves. You should always leave the space in better shape than you found it.
  • Plan time accordingly. You know you need to clean up. A project is going to take 1.5x what you think it will. Clean up will take 20% of your time. You should also be spending time giving back to the asylum volunteering based on the time you use the shop. This can be a completely self-serving task. If you spend 20 hours in the wood shop a week, you should be giving back two hours in some way. Cleaning and taking out the trash is easiest choice. Organizing, updating documentation, testing others are also great ways to accomplish this. If you are an employee of a member company and are in the shop 40 hours a week, this is not just a service you are using. This is a community and you have a responsibility to give back to make this work. This means on top of doing the expected clean up after yourself you should also be improving the space. If you as a member bring contractors in, you are responsible for this. You should either put in the time yourself, or have your contractor take care of it.
  • If you are going to take off after a big project and travel, pay someone to clean up after you.
    • If someone is leaving a mess and breaking tools, they may not fit with our model and should go elsewhere.

Cleaning up after yourself looks like:

  • sweep the area you're working in when you're done
  • leave all tools, equipment and surfaces in ready to use condition
  • wipe down and clean surfaces (don't leave food, glue residue, shavings or fluids on surfaces)
  • throw out trash and empty full trash cans to the dumpster
  • put tools and supplies away

When something breaks…

  • If you break equipment or find something broken report it to the Maintenance Team, a group of members interested in maintaining tools at maintenance[at]artisansasylum[dot]com. In addition, either CC or send a separate message to the mailing list for the shop. The faster it’s reported the quicker it’ll be fixed.
    • Send as many details as you can including observations, a diagnosis and links to replacement parts when available
  • If you break a tool doing something you know to be wrong best practice is to pay for the repair parts and help with the repair. You may not know how to do the repair, but hanging out with someone more experienced is a great way to learn! The more you know about the inner workings of the tool, the better your projects will become.
  • We have a ticket tracking system that will update our wiki in real time if you tag the tool as broken using the QR code on the tool.
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