Shop Safety and Etiquette

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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.

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

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