Safety Information

Safety Levels

Green = HuskyCT training and quiz completion required. If you do not have access to the HuskyCT training, please request it here.
Blue = Maker-space orientation with Maker Specialist required. 
Yellow = Yellow-level equipment training with Maker Specialist required. 
Red = Red-level equipment training with Maker Specialist required. 

Access by Level

Green & Blue = basic craft supplies and tools
Yellow = 3D printers, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, heat press, and other prototyping equipment
Red = band-saw, table-saw, miter-saw, and drill-press

General Safety

If there is an accident and someone is hurt in the LC Innovation Zone:

  1. Call 9-1-1 from your mobile phone or a campus phone
    • Location: Peter J. Werth Residence Tower Room 014
    • Get help from LCIZ staff
    • Do your best to provide assistance while emergency response team arrives
    • Call the director (number posted on yellow card on shop door)
  2. Follow all UConn safety policies and procedures
  3. LCIZ members follow the instructions of space and staff
  4. Do not do anything that is not safe. If there is any uncertainty about whether an activity is safe, please consult LCIZ staff before proceeding.
  5. If you see a fellow LCIZ member doing something that might be unsafe, tell them
  6. If you see something dangerous in the Innovation Zone, inform the other occupants of the Innovation Zone as well as LCIZ staff immediately
  7. For your safety and security, video cameras are located throughout the space
  8. Before any chemicals are brought into the LCIZ, this must be discussed with LCIZ staff and MSDS sheets must be provided
  9. The LCIZ front door should only be propped open by LCIZ staff

Dress Appropriately

  1. Accessing the LCIZ requires CLOSED TOE SHOES and SAFETY GLASSES
  2. LONG HAIR must be TIED BACK
  3. Loose clothing, long sleeve shirts, and clothing with hanging pieces/material should not be worn when working with rotating tools, equipment, or saws as they can pull a person into a machine

Work in a Group

  1. University policy specifies that no student shall work alone in an immediately hazardous environment. Working with a partner decreases the risk of severe injury should you find yourself in need of help.

Keep Areas Clear

  1. Don’t walk directly behind someone operating a machine, you may bump/hit or startle them and cause an accident
  2. Store materials in such a way that they are not tripping hazards
  3. If any liquids spill on the floor, clean them up immediately; they can be tripping hazards
  4. Put away tools and clean your space before you leave

Use Machines Correctly

  1. Do not set up or operate machinery unless an instructor is in the shop
  2. Do not operate a machine unless you are authorized or under an instructor’s supervision
  3. Make sure you have sufficient light to see clearly
  4. Talk to an instructor before powering-on a machine
    • Instructors may suggest a better process for making your piece
    • Once an instructor gets to know you, conversations can be as simple as:
      • “Hey Cody, I’m gonna punch a hole with the drill press;” “Great, can’t wait to see how it turns out”
  5. Use the proper tool for a job, when tools aren’t used properly they can lead to hands slipping into sharp objects

Protect Yourself from Harm

  1. Don’t run in the makerspace; there’s nothing cool about tripping into a dangerous situation
  2. Don’t eat or Drink: this space may contain wood chips or chemicals that won’t do good things to your insides
  3. Get first aid immediately for any injury