Workshop Induction

The following pages make up the Workshop Induction which must be completed by all members using the workshop area.

The Inductions & Processes page is linked to from the front page of the SoMakeIt website for future reference.

Note that the general Member Induction is separate.

This page contains:

  1. Specific Workshop rules.
  2. Links to pages for specific tools in the workshop containing manuals and risk assessments.
  3. Links to pages for tools that require specific inductions or approvals

Workshop H&S rules

  • Eye protection must be worn by everyone in the workshop.
  • Some of the equipment in the space is extremely dangerous if used incorrectly. By using any equipment in the space, you are declaring yourself to be competent in its safe use.
  • You must check all equipment before use. If you are not competent enough to be able to check it, do not use the equipment.
  • Safety equipment such as guards and safety cut-outs should not be removed or tampered with.
  • Faulty or unsafe items should be reported to a Keyholder or Member who must label it and report it.
  • Be aware of others around you and do not distract anyone while they are using equipment. Give yourself and others enough space when using equipment.
  • Appropriate PPE should be worn and measures taken to reduce risk to yourself and others such as tying back long hair and avoiding loose clothing when using tools.
  • Dust collection equipment is provided and must be used as follows:
    • The Cyclone (wall mounted) Dust Extractor should be used for course chips only. Instructions for use are on the front of the machine. Use for:
      • Table saw
      • Band Saw
      • Router Table
      • Mire Saw
    • We have a Makita shop vac with a HEPA filter for fine dust. This vacuum has a reusable bag, don’t throw it away! Use it for:
      • Bobbin Sander
      • 12″ disc sander
      • Belt/disc sander
      • Track saw
      • Circular saw/jigsaws etc
  • Switch off and unplug tools after use so they cannot be activated by another user inadvertently.
  • You must observe any safety signage or notices within the space.
  • If you see any activity which may put anyone at risk, you should speak out to reduce the immediate risk as well as report it to a Keyholder or Trustee.
  • Other users may question your use of equipment. This is encouraged and will usually be for your own safety or theirs.
  • If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment it is always better to ask than put yourself or others at risk of injury or death. Information on safe use of equipment is freely available on the internet in the form of user guides, guidelines, risk assessments and instructional videos. Each page below contains relevant information. Other users of the space may be willing to assist or advise you, but this does not represent formal training or supervision by SoMakeIt.
  • Further questions about the workshop area or tools should be posted in #workshop-and-tools on Slack.

Specific information and Risk assessments for Workshop tools

Workshop Tools requiring specific inductions or approvals