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2. Health and Safety

An important part of everyone’s experience in making will be following practices and procedures that will prevent injuries to YOURSELF and OTHERS. Everyone at Maker Cube must have a good attitude toward safety. This means that everyone must have a strong feeling towards the importance of safety and is willing to give time and attention to the safest way to perform work. Experience with tools does not equal good shop safety. Many accidents occur to beginners but also with experienced workers that feel more comfortable in the shop and therefore become more casual in their approach to safety guidelines.

2.1 Personal Health and Cleaning Practices #

The following policies have been implemented and are effective as of March 18th, 2020. We each have responsibilities to stop the spread of contagious pathogens for everyone’s safety and health. Maker Cube shall provide hand washing stations and sanitization supplies. Everyone must practice physical distancing and abide by the policies set out by Maker Cube.

2.1.1 – Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES shall ANYONE enter the facility when exhibiting ANY symptoms associated with viruses, disease or other contagious pathogens (including but not limited to: fever, cough, headache, runny nose, sore throat, tiredness, aches and pains, nasal congestions, and/or diarrhea).

2.1.2 – ANYONE infected with a contagious pathogen or who has come in contact with someone infected must quarantine as per guidelines posted by the Fraser Health Authority before entering the facility.

2.1.3 – ANYONE who has traveled during a period of travel restrictions must self-isolate as per the guidelines posted by the Fraser Health Authority before entering the facility (including travel within Canada).

2.1.4 – Everyone is required to follow safety precautions and mandates (masks/face coverings) as required by the local public health authorities.

2.1.5 – Everyone must sanitize their hands either by washing hands thoroughly for twenty (20) seconds with warm water and soap or with the provided sanitizer at reception upon entering the facility.

2.1.6 – Everyone must wash their hands often and avoid touching their face (eyes, mouth, and nose).

2.1.7 – Failure to comply with hand washing policies will result in being denied access to Maker Cube facilities.

2.2 General Attire #

2.2.1 – Everyone MUST have safety glasses at all times when in the clean room, and beyond the doors entering into the woodshop (including the metal shop and studios on that side of the facility). Safety glasses MUST be worn on the face when working with ANY equipment or near other users who are actively working. Additional protection using goggles or face shields may be necessary for work such as grinding, chiseling or chipping.

2.2.2 – Everyone MUST wear respirators when using any volatile chemicals or during any process that creates fine particles such as welding, sanding, grinding, or cutting.

2.2.3 – Hearing protection must be worn when working with or next to any tool that produces continuous noise above 85 decibels.

2.2.4 – Everyone should have hearing protection on them at all times while in the woodshop or metalshop.

2.2.5 – Do not use any form of hearing protection, headphones, or earbuds that would prevent you from being able to hear the sound of the machine you are operating. Everyone must be able to hear whether a tool is working correctly and if other users of the shop require their attention.

2.2.6 – Close toed shoes are MANDATORY in the facility.

2.2.7 – All long hair must be tied and pulled back away from equipment.

2.2.8 – Do not wear loose fitting clothing, long sleeves must be rolled up.

2.2.9 – Do not wear neckties.

2.2.10 – No jewelry can be worn while operating tools (including earrings, rings, watches, bracelets and necklaces.

2.2.11 – Everyone  MUST wear regulated safety glasses when using the laser cutter

2.2.12 – Never wear gloves while using a power tool with moving or rotating parts

2.3 Metal Shop Attire #

2.3.1 – Everyone MUST wear the appropriate welding helmet in addition to safety glasses when in the metal shop.

2.3.2 – Always wear appropriate safety gear and protective clothing for the type of work being done. Protect exposed skin from welding splatter, sparks, UV rays, and metal slivers.

2.3.3 – Do not wear any clothing that has holes in it.

2.3.4 – Pants made from fire retardant material without pockets must be worn while in the metal shop.

2.3.5 – Use leather gloves when handling materials to avoid cuts, splinters, burns, and shocks.