[hackerspaces] Attention All HackerSpace Safety Directors And Those Interested In Space Safety

john arclight arclight at gmail.com
Sat Jan 30 19:17:20 CET 2010


Setting aside the political/social/legal part of this discussion that seems
to have everyone's panties in a bind, I think this a great idea.

At 23B, we've been thinking about doing a shop safety orientation for new
guests/members and then a short test, just like you had to do in High School
shop class.  This would be something like a 1-hour demo that is interactive.
Since nobdoy wants to teach this, the plan was to charge $5-10, and let
whoever gives the class pocket it.

We previously did a gun safety presentaiton for anyone that wanted to come
on our camping trips, and it was very well received.  I have that
presentation archived if anyone wants it.

Having a plan and at least some minimal standards everyone has to meet is a
good thing, whether it's for your insurance agent or not. We had the fire
department come by to do an inspection of the complex last week, and I was
pleasantly surprised that they just wanted to help us not burn down the

FYI, there are some great resources for shop/machine safety available at:



On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 9:32 AM, Hank The Curmudgeon <hkrishman at gmail.com>wrote:

> Greetings All,
> My name is Hank and I was just appointed by the Board of Directors of
> Pumping Station: One (Chicago, Illinois) as Safety Director. The
> recent threads re children and hackerspaces got me to thinking: Are
> there enough safety directors or other interested parties out there to
> start a new safety specific Google group dedicated to hackerspace
> safety to discuss some (and more) of the following:
> Safety Training
> Safety Policy Review And Development
> Incident Investigation and Response
> Safety Information
> Anything else safety related
> Before you naysayers shrug this off, when it comes time for you to
> renew your space's insurance policies you might find yourselves in a
> stronger position premium bargaining wise, if you can show you have a
> well thought out safety program.
> All that being said if you are interested please post here or email me
> directly at iltrng at hotmail dawght comm. If I get enough positive
> responses I'll gladly create the group. I'd like to establish a ya or
> nay towards group creation within the next week so speak up everyone!
> Stay safe!
> Regards,
> Hank K.
> Safety Director
> Pumping Station: One
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