Required Safety Training
You must complete the general safety quiz + waiver before using any tools in the Clemson Makerspace locations. The information below will prepare you to take the general safety quiz.
This is the first of a multi-part training process. Individual equipment requires additional safety training: an online safety course for each piece of specialized equipment and an in-person training with a staff member. Equipment that requires additional training includes: 3D printers, laser cutter/engraver, Othermill CNC milling machine, Ricoh fabric printer.
The emergency phone number is 9-1-1
Makerspace Workspace Overview
Direct all questions to a staff member. Staff are wearing name tags. When in doubt, ask a staff member.
Everyone must sign-in using the sign-in tablet upon entry.
You cannot use the space if the Makerspace staff are not on duty and the Makerspace is not open.
Leave your work area clean when you finish so others may use it.
No food or drink in the space. Food and drink are only allowed in the lobby, and not in any of the shop areas. Closed top drink containers with water are acceptable.
We do not allow the fabrication, construction, or manipulation of any item that could reasonably be construed as a weapon in our facility.
Patrons cannot sell or make money off of objects that they make using Makerspace equipment.
Report all injuries or incidents.
Alert a Makerspace staff member if any incident or injury occurs.
Equipment damage is a normal part of the space's environment; for safety reasons it is important to inform a staff member immediately.
Do not attempt to remove foreign objects from the eye or body.
If chemicals get in the eye(s), wash eye(s) for 15 minutes in an open flow of water before proceeding for medical treatment
Use protective gear.
Color-coding on the equipment indicates which protective equipment is required:
Red: Wear eye protection: safety glasses with side shields, goggles, or face shields at all times when using hand tools.
Orange: Gloves: Wear suitable gloves when handling hot objects, glass, or sharp-edged items.
Yellow: No gloves
Green: Dust mask
Blue: Ear protection
Wear appropriate clothing for the job (i.e., do not wear short sleeve shirts or short pants when welding).
Do not wear loose-fitting clothing around moving or rotating machinery. Remove ties, jewelry, gloves, etc. especially around moving or rotating machinery. Tie back or cover long hair to keep it away from moving machinery.
Wear only shoes that cover the entire foot when working with blades, no open-toe shoes or sandals.
Safety is our #1 priority.
Safety is your top priority when using the makerspace. If you are not sure what you are doing, ask.
Know all the locations of all first aid, fire, and safety equipment:
In Watt, the fire extinguisher is located to the left of the laser cutter
The first aid kit is by the tools
Never use a tool unless you’ve been trained to use it safely.
Never work alone when using power tools. Two people must be present and be able to see one another.
Do not work in the shop if tired, or in a hurry.
Do not fool around, startle, or distract anyone (not even with a conversation) while either one of you is using a tool. Do not attempt to engage others while they are using tools or equipment.
Think through the entire job before starting. Prepare prints or drawings with all dimensions and specifications prior to using machines.
Use tools right.
Use tools only as they were designed to be used. (A wrench is not a hammer.)
Never use a broken tool.
Report any broken tools or machines immediately.
Do not remove tools from the room.
Never walk away from a tool that is still on, except the 3D printers.
A hard hammer should not be used to strike a hardened tool or any machine part. Use a softfaced hammer.
Operate machines only with all required guards and shields in place.
Ensure equipment (except for 3D Printers) is safely OFF before walking away.
For more information on proper tool usage, see the tool module and quiz
Clean up every time whenever you leave an area, including sweeping the floor.
Clean and return all tools to where you got them.
Use compressed air sparingly; never aim it at another person or use it to clean hair or clothes.
Shut off and unplug machines when cleaning, repairing, or oiling.
Never use a rag near moving machinery.
Keep fingers clear of the point of operation of machines by using special tools or devices, such as push sticks, hooks, pliers, etc.
Keep the floor around machines clean, dry, and free from trip hazards. Do not allow chips to accumulate.
Mop up spills immediately and put a chair or cone over them if they are wet enough to cause someone to slip.