About Us

Safety & Training

Safety

Our goal is to teach all users in the SICE Makerspaces to be active participants in a culture of safety. We require all new visitors to the makerspaces complete a basic training orientation that serves as a baseline for safe participation in the space. The orientation covers aspects of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the safe use of hand and power tools as outlined by Indiana University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).

In order to guide oversight for safe conduct in the space, we use a system of control banding for the use of machines and equipment.

Tool and Workspace Control Banding

Hazard
Class
Description Undergrad
Restrictions
Grad/Post-Doc
Restrictions
1 Low-power hand and small bench
tools; e.g. low-voltage drills, palm
sanders, 3D printers, soldering irons
None None
2 Medium power tools, e.g. jigsaws,
hand drills, enclosed laser cutters
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor, or Peer buddy with permissions
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor, or Peer buddy with permissions
3 Powerful portable and small bench
tools, e.g. circular saws, grinders
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor
4 Light industrial tools, e.g. belt sanders,
planers, drill presses, bench grinders,
small CNC router
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor
5 Large industrial tools, e.g. table saw,
CNC milling machine, CNC plasma cutter
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor, or Peer buddy with permissions
Monitor, Supervisor,
or Instructor, or Peer buddy with permissions

Training

To develop consistency in the safe operation of machines and equipment, all users in the SICE Makerspaces will receive instruction through scheduled workshops and, when time permits, through monitor-led orientations on an as-needed basis.

We will also work to make relevant training aids available for each machine that is accessible for use. These training aids can be found on the specific machine pages and are intended to help remind users of necessary steps in the use of a machine. Users are encouraged to speak to one of our technicians for assistance whenever they feel uncomfortable with their abilities.