Maker spaces, also known as fab labs and hacker spaces, are places to gather, exchange ideas, invent and create. These spaces are found in libraries, dormitories, academic and other workshops, both on and off campus, and they may contain some of the same hazards as other research or fabrication shops.
The tools and equipment often found in maker spaces include hand tools, computers and software and may include 3-D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines. The spaces can also have more typical shop machinery and tools, such as power saws and drills, which can cause injury if not used properly.
It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization and the users to ensure that the spaces and equipment are used and maintained in a safe manner. EH&S has resources to help you set up and maintain a space for innovation while minimizing risk for accidents and injuries.
Check out our new Maker Space Safety web page to get your hands on these essential resources:
- Shop Safety Checklist
- Register for Safety Training
- Safety Training Matrix
All maker space users should have a safety orientation and training on safe use of all of the equipment. If tools are used in the intended manner, following the instruction manual, a better product will result and most injuries can be prevented.
If you have questions about working safely in a maker space, or are thinking of designing your own space, please contact EH&S at 206.543.7262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.