Workshop Rules

 

The ManuLab consists of the work room (gallery), the machine room and the bench room in the nearby container.

1. General Requirements

The Workshop Rules (WsR) define certain essential rules of behavior and security measures to ensure a safe workshop environment. It is required to follow these rules and any additional instructions given by the people in charge.

The WsR are binding for any person who has both access to the workshop area and a permission to work. Participation in periodically recurring briefings as well as a work assignment given by the respective superior is required for all staff.

Inside the workshop and at all work places, only those works may be done, for which the respective requirements are fulfilled. Among others, these are:

Sufficient staff requirement, employee with appropriate qualification, work experience and responsibility, and technical requirements, as for example exhaustion, tools and appliances in technically safe state.

2. Instruction Manuals, Data Sheets, Notices

Additionally, the provided operation instructions (OI) are to be followed. These are part of the WsR. Further, the compound or compound-specific operation instructions – also, safety data sheets, OI for machines and appliances as well as OI for special work places (sanding, coloring) are to be followed. All written instructions must be accessible at all times. Additional agreements are to gathered from:

  • The "What to do in the case of an emergency / a fire"
  • The emergency medical services, first aid,
  • And the fire protection code.

3. Non-instructed Persons in the Workshop

Visitors, customers, and other non-instructed people wanting to enter the workshop are to report to the workshop manager or the respective representative. Instructed personnel in the workshop please pay attention that the aforementioned groups do not enter the hazard area of machines or other dangerous work places.

4. Fire and Explosion Protection

To avoid danger of fire and explosions, especially dust explosions as well as the reduction of dust emissions, the workshop area is to be cleaned regularly. At the least after finishing the work, or before longer breaks, sanding dusts and shavings are to be cleaned off as dust-free as possible. Use vacuum cleaners - blowing off or cleaning methods using compressed air are prohibited.

5. Nondescript dangers

Should (new) additional dangers that cannot be eliminated immediately by staff arise unsuspectingly, the current work is to be stopped immediately. The workshop manager is to be informed straightaway. Clearing of a dangerous situation must only be accomplished taking care of personal health and safety. People in the hazard area are to be alerted, the area is to be secured and closed off.

6. Working in Isolation with Increased Risk and out of Earshot and out of Sight

The workshop manager or the respective representative evaluates the possibility of danger for work in isolation with increased risk and out of earshot and out of sight. If necessary, additional security measures will be imposed.

7. Clearance

To avoid dangers of accidents, clear walking paths and accessible work places in front of machines are to be assured. Obstruction through materials, waste, leaking fluids etc. must be removed immediately.

8. Waste removal

Waste must be removed in the designated container. Reusable residual materials are stored in appropriate areas.

 

Protective Measures and Code of Conduct

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Basics

  • For insurance reasons, all users and visitors of the woodworking shop have to check in with the workshop manager or the respective representative.
    • (an informal hello is enough to know who is there)
  • The escape staircase (wooden staircase in the back) is only to be used in an emergency
  • The railing of the gallery is to be kept clear at all times. Falling objects could injure people on the lower level.
  • The area around big machinery (e.g. panel saw, CNC mill, and Laser) is only to be entered after previous instruction by staff.
  • Unknown work procedures require obtaining professional advice.
  • Dependent on the respective task and the technical equipment, different protective measures are required as minimum requirement.
  • Always wear tight-fitting clothes, roomy clothing can catch in the machinery and be pulled in.
  • Wearing any sort of jewelry, rings, watches etc. is prohibited if they can lead to any kind of danger.
  • Long hair is to be kept in a ponytail or bun to secure it from falling accidentally – serious risk of tearing-off including scalp.
  • Wearing ties, neck scarves, bandanas or scarves is strictly prohibited !!!
  • Only wear sturdy footwear that provides sufficient protection against falling objects and enables a firm stand → open sandals are not appropriate. If handling heavy objects is predictable, be sure to wear safety boots.

Working with Machines

  • No machine is to be used without previous instruction from the workshop manager
  • Only address people working at machines if they can recognize you beforehand (Danger of startling). Particular care is to be taken at these work places: band saw, disk-type sander. Here, the workers are standing with their backs to the room.
  • Do not use machines if you have not had enough sleep. During the exam time, this is often neglected and may lead to serious consequences.
  • Do not use machines while intoxicated, also if your blood alcohol level is more than 0,00‰.
  • The same applies to drug use and the influence of drugs or medications.
  • If in doubt, ask somebody else to do the work for you or talk to the workshop staff to find a solution.
  • Machines must only be used for their respective function.
  • Before starting any machine, verify the correct setting and the presence of protective gear. For this, you have to be familiar with the operation instructions (OI), as you can only then verify if the respective protective gear is present. When unsure, contact the workshop staff.
  • Personal protective gear like safety goggles and ear protection must be used.
  • Wearing gloves is prohibited when working with machines with rotating lead screws.
  • Always stop any machine when doing other things, e.g. changing tools/parts, measuring, cleaning. Always set the "master switch" to "zero" and wait until the machine has stopped completely.
  • Turn off the machine when leaving or while taking a break. Any running machine poses a potential threat to others.
  • In the case of any malfunction, fault or blockage, the workshop manager has to be notified right away. Refrain from unauthorized repairs.

Orderliness and Cleanliness

  • Orderliness and cleanliness are important prerequisites for a safe work environment. Hence, keep the floor cleared of any residue or shavings. Place work pieces and tools as such that they do not cause any danger to others.
  • Leave your work place clean and tidy after you are finished or before taking a (longer) break. Any waste must be cleared in the designated container.
  • Should the containers be full or a larger amount of waste be produced, directly empty them into the waste containers in the parking lot (this applies in particular to card board scraps produced using the Laser).
  • We pay attention to waste separation into paper/cardboard and general waste.
  • Freedom from dust and cleanliness is to be ensured particularly in the area around the laser.
 

Orderliness and Cleanliness

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  • Orderliness and cleanliness are important prerequisites for a safe work environment. Hence, keep the floor cleared of any residue or shavings. Place work pieces and tools as such that they do not cause any danger to others.
  • Leave your work place clean and tidy after you are finished or before taking a (longer) break. Any waste must be cleared in the designated container.
  • Should the containers be full or a larger amount of waste be produced, directly empty them into the waste containers in the parking lot (this applies in particular to card board scraps produced using the Laser).
  • We pay attention to waste separation into paper/cardboard and general waste.
  • Freedom from dust and cleanliness is to be ensured particularly in the area around the laser.