Shop Safety and Etiquette

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Here are the Asylum's priorities in order of importance.

  1. Ensuring the safety of people
    • Renters
    • Tool operators
    • Bystanders
  2. Ensuring the safety of the Asylum's equipment
    • When used within the scope of its capabilities, equipment should not be damaged.
    • Doing something which is unsafe, or will damage tools, is showing disrespect for other members.

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.

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
  • Make sure you know the location of safety equipment and use it only for its intended 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.
    • Do not wear gloves.
    • Do not leave tools running unattended.

Shop Specific Rules

Safety Equipment

Eye Protection

Eye protection protects your eyes from chips, sawdust, splinters, and other foreign objects.

Types of eye protection include:

  • Safety glasses
  • Cover goggles
  • Prescription safety glasses with side shields. Prescription safety Glasses (regular glasses without side shields are not acceptable)
  • Face shields

Foot Protection

When working in the shops, foot injuries are common. Items often drop, can be tripped on, or sparks can fly.

  • Shoes must be worn in any shop area.
  • The minimum footwear must cover the entire foot.
  • No one wearing sandals, toe shoes (vibrams, skeletoes), or open top shoes (mary jane) will be allowed to enter the shops.

Hearing Protection

Hearing protection is not required form all shops, but encouraged.

  • Disposable foam earplugs are available at the safety station near the wood shop.
  • Disposable foam earplugs are a good choice when welding to keep sparks from traveling down the ear canal.
  • Ear muff (princess leia) style protection are a better choice which keep all foreign objects out of the ear.

Hand Protection

Gloves are available for both safety and can be a hazard.

  • No gloves should be worn when using moving tools (bandsaw, lathe, drill press, etc.) They can be pinched and rip off fingers or entire hands.
  • leather work gloves are ideal when handling material to protect from splinters and cuts. They often have nylon backs on them and should not be used for welding, or any handling of hot metal.
  • MIG welding gloves are heavy to resist sparks and heat.
  • Oxy fuel gloves are slightly lighter to still resist heat, but allow for greater control of the filler wire.
  • TIG gloves are the thinnest and allow finer control of the filler material. They are more sensitive to heat.
  • Rubber gloves may be needed for working with different chemicals. Allergies (latex) are common enough that the material should be checked prior to use.

What You Can Borrow While Working at Artisan's Asylum

  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Muffs
  • Welding masks
  • Welding sleeves
  • Welding gloves

What You Can Keep (Disposable Items)

  • Foam earplugs

What You May Need to Bring

When something breaks…

  • 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.
  • If you break equipment or find something broken tell us at The faster it’s reported the quicker it’ll be fixed.
  • Tool Testing Calendar
  • Using the classroom
  • Floor Plan
Personal tools
Wiki Maintenance