[Noisebridge-discuss] Safety Excellence Certification aka The S.E.C

Danukeru danukasan+nb at gmail.com
Sun Nov 15 05:28:56 UTC 2015

Cool. I can help out with certifying the electronics section for the time

Making sure this is mentioned in some form during the intro tour would be
the most helpful at this point, so that they at the very least find
somebody knowledgeable.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 3:34 PM, Eric Michaud <michaud.eric.c at gmail.com>

> Hi All,
> After chatting with a lot of you (I appreciate the time you took), I've
> realized fixing the laser first isn't exactly the best use of my time at
> this moment. After chatting with James and Jacob I realized that something
> more foundational is needed in terms of the long time use of all tools at
> Noisebridge and the continuing maintenance of them and the space. This has
> come to be after I learned of the meteoric fall of useable tools in
> Noisebridge from the laser cutter, lathe, oscilloscopes, power tools, etc
> etc.
> So what I'm doing is extending my experience onto the table in helping
> make a meteoric rise of useable tools in Noisebridge from my experience
> building hackerspaces with others and seeing others fail in different ways.
> I hope to stem the tide of the ongoing assault to the misuse of tools in
> Noisebridge with you and bring them back.
> Honestly when a healthy culture exists we can support a healthy use of the
> tools(which is partly why we have a hackerspace right?!) so they may serve
> us better before the robot apocalypse we bring upon ourselves. ;)
> With that in mind I have a few concepts I'm going to start introducing
> (some of you may be familiar, others not) I'd like to introduce three major
> concepts that I've implemented with others when founding PS:One (
> https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/SafetyProject -
> https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Danger_committee -
> https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Safety) and which other spaces have
> borrowed heavily from my days at the Department of Energy where I learned
> them and allowed tools to not be destroyed, person and location damage, and
> continued excellent use of dangerous/expensive equipment.
> *The major concepts are:*
>    1. Lockout/Tagout
>    2. Stop-Work Authority
>    3. Safety/proper tool use certification - Safety Excellence
>    Certification
> *1. Lockout/Tagout ( https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/controlhazardousenergy/
> <https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/controlhazardousenergy/> - I'll copy from OSHA)*
> What is hazardous energy?(Why it's important)
> ###
> Energy sources including electrical, mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic,
> chemical, thermal, or other sources in machines and equipment can be
> hazardous to workers. During the servicing and maintenance of machines and
> equipment, the unexpected startup or release of stored energy can result in
> serious injury or death to workers.
> ###
> This system is for maintenance of dangerous/expensive tools (ex: the laser
> cutter is being repaired) are in maintenance mode so that the fixer, user,
> bystander is not hurt when a tool is not in a useable state. Example would
> be swapping out the laser tube on the cutter, or replacing the table saw
> blade. In this case, the power cord may be restricted with a cover to
> prevent it from being plugged in accidentally, or by the user knowing full
> well what they are getting into.
> *2. Stop Work Authority
> ( http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/12346-stop-work-authority
> <http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/12346-stop-work-authority>)*
> TLDR; You have authority to tell someone to stop work on
> dangerous/expensive machinery if you see them using it incorrectly, taking
> risks(which can cause damage to the machine, themselves or others) even if
> you are new to the equipment.
> *3. Safety/proper tool use certification - Safety Excellence Certification*
> A simple certification program which teaches each user of
> dangerous/expensive equipment like the lathe, drill press, table saw, laser
> cutter, 3d printer,etc etc etc how to properly use and maintain the
> equipment. Basically this would be Tool Use 101. A short class showing how
> to check that a piece of equipment is in working order, how to energize,
> use, de-energize, and safely store.
> ###
> My goal with these concepts above is to work them into the culture of
> Noisebridge, a culture of being excellent to the tools we use and to
> others, so we will encourage people to come to Noisebridge to work on
> excellent projects.
> I'm going to start by putting a sheet at each tool that is either
> dangerous, expensive, dangerous/expensive with a url pointing to a page on
> safety and safe use (this will need work and love). After that I'm going to
> start a simple program of having people teach each other the safe use of
> the tool and see where we go from there. All I can say when each person who
> knows how to safely use the tool with others a responsibility to keep the
> tool in safe working order fosters a healthy culture to all safe, happy,
> and hacking.
> Best Regards,
> -Eric.
> P.S. At the moment there is nothing preventing anyone from using the
> tools, except for the fact that the majority of power tools simply don't
> work. I'll be working with Jacob in the shop to test out a lot of the old
> tools and start pairing down the tools that are unsafe/useable and also
> create a punch list with James on what needs to happen with the laser so we
> stop duplicating effort.
> P.P.S. Attached is the sheet I will be putting at each tool station to
> start so everyone becomes familiar with them.
> P.P.P.S. I'm going to build a simple framework known as the The S.E.C.
> Sheet for each tool(we've already posted them). I'm happy to take any
> constructive input to make the tools in this space sing again. :)
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