[hackerspaces] Alcohol policies?

Ben Brown ben at generik.ca
Mon Mar 30 23:17:04 CEST 2015

We tend to err on 'don't restrict unless it become a serious problem', 
in this case we have alcohol at our space, and members BYOB. Sometimes 
there's leftover booze from parties and other events. It hasn't caused a 
problem so far.

Our Health and Safety policy is common-sense and due-diligence based. We 
provide safety gear, procedures and training for specific tools (like a 
laser cutter or cnc router), but otherwise you're on your own. If you 
hurt yourself using power tools after 10 beers, it's your own damn fault.

Additionally, a member can be asked to leave, faces suspension or even 
termination for irresponsible and dangerous behavior that goes against 
the H&S policy.


On 3/30/2015 5:04 PM, Dave wrote:
> We're currently looking at alcohol use in the space.  There are some 
> members who think it's a really bad idea (drunks and power tools) 
> while others think it's a matter of personal responsibility.
> We also have been hosting occasional "reception" events for various 
> organizations as a way of increasing visibility and recruiting 
> members.  Beer and wine are served at those events, but the breakers 
> to the tools are turned off.
> I'm wondering if other spaces have considered alcohol use, and how 
> that's worked out?
> Cheers,
> David
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