safety Safety, briefings, operator's licenses, personal protective equipment, precautions

The FabLab Chemnitz uses the traffic light system, which is used in most open workshops. There are three different colors or levels or symbols, which are explained below.

General rules:

  • The use of the devices is at your own risk
  • The use also takes place according to the workshop usage agreement
  • The use of the workshop and all contents only under previous health and safety instruction (Level 1)
  • The work safety instruction is carried out by the workshop responsible, which is carried out regularly. It is kept a list of who has received appropriate instruction and when (Level 1).
  • The use of certain devices is only allowed with prior instruction or proof of operator's license (Level 2 and 3)
  • Short instructions and operator's licenses as proof are kept in writing and are visible to every other member in order to gain an overview (Level 2 and 3).

Information for permanent lenders:

Long-term lenders, who are also active or short-term members, must also receive health and safety instructions for their long-term loans, and receive a short instruction or a corresponding operator's license for their loan. The reason for this is simple. After all, not everyone who lends something has necessarily worked with them privately or professionally in order to handle it safely and correctly in a public environment. That's why we need to prove that.

1.1 Level 1: Standard

Symbol:

Explanation:

  • Objects for which there are no special conditions of use can be used immediately and without instruction.

Conditions for using the object:

  1. Active Membership / Short Term Membership
  2. General safety instruction (health and safety instruction) received and signed

1.2 Level 2: Short introduction

Symbol:

Explanation:

Objects in which you can always do something wrong, which is why a briefing by someone is necessary, who is already familiar with it and can guarantee a safe and correct use. The purpose is to keep the objects in a well-conditioned state for as long as possible, i. to produce no scrap value.

The instruction will be given on special request or by the general workshop instruction, which is carried out in regular intervals with the workshop manager.

Conditions for using the object:

  1. Active Membership / Short Term Membership
  2. General safety instruction (health and safety instruction) received and signed
  3. Short instruction received and signed

A received brief instruction entitles the member to give other members an equivalent short instruction.

1.3 Level 3: Successfully completed operator's license course

Symbol:

 Explanation:

Operator's licenses are documentary proof that the user is familiar with the machine and can handle it accordingly. Short instructions are not sufficient, especially for complex machines, as the risk of damage, danger or bodily injury is too great. Much background knowledge and practical experience are necessary to ensure safe operation.

Conditions for using the object:

  1. Active Membership / Short Term Membership
  2. General safety instruction (health and safety instruction) received and signed
  3. Short instruction received and signed
  4. Course attended, questionnaire completed, passed test, operator's license

The operator's license contains the following information:

  • What? (zone / machine)
  • location and date of receipt
  • Who instructed? (Supervisor)
  • Form der Einweisung, z.B. spezieller Kurs, Einzeleinweisung, externer Nachweis (Mitglied hat schon die Skills anderweitig erlernt)

The machine operator's license entitles the member to grant equivalent machine operator's licenses to other members.

machine adoption (godparents)

Adoption is a great thing. Everyone has their preferences and maybe one or the other favorite machine. That's why we make it possible to adopt every inventory item. Sense of adoption is that the godparent (club member) can think of a friendly name for the object and takes particular care of the object (maintenance, documentation, etc.). Several sponsorships can be distributed per object. Godparents have a say in disagreements. As godfather, you are a discussion leader and get separate access to our Seafile cloud for each godchild.

3. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and lockers

Good work safety should be ensured in every workshop. The club provides essential standard equipment to enable safe working. These include, for example, safety goggles, ear protection, disposable mouthguards, P1 filter masks and various gloves. However, shoes and other work clothing are to be brought along for cost and hygiene reasons and can only be procured from the association under certain circumstances for members or the costs are borne. Please inform yourself, which protective equipment you need for the respective workshop areas or machines. Of course, many equipment is ready for use without PSA, such as the badge maker, 3D printer, mug press and much more.

4. Access and Identification in the FaLab, Cameras

Regular members have to join our attendance list. This can be found in the bar area and must be completed when entering and leaving the workshop. The attendance list serves various purposes. In the main, it is intended to help in the case of a dispute (for example, in the event of theft or defects) to clarify who was in the workshop when. In addition, we can provide rough statistics on the frequency of space use, which is important to us.

We make no secret of the fact that the FabLab Chemnitz is equipped with infrared webcams to curb burglary and theft attempts. On video surveillance, we already point out before entering our workshop. However, we value the privacy of our members and guests and do not film anything secretly. Our cameras trigger only at defined times in case of contrast changes (for example, turn on the light) and report suspicious events to our association organization.

5. Insurance, dust, noise, waste disposal and general behavior

Our workshop usage agreement applies to all of these. We ask that you read and internalize them. We did not write them for fun. And we took important parts from other FabLabs and open workshops.

6. Equipment checks, emergencies and medical kits

As the operator of an open workshop, we have various security features to comply with a secure basic equipment. These include, for example, a medical kit, fire blankets, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. These are regularly checked and logged by us. This also applies to fixed-station machines and portable electrical equipment (for example computers, power strips, hand-held machines, etc.).