General

Each member is responsible for working in a safe manner, considering not only their own safety, but also others around them.

If you see others workings unsafely, tell them, it’s your duty. You’re saving them, and may be others and yourself from being harmed.

All members are required to make themselves aware of health and safety rules and procedures applicable to the Shed. Read the signs displayed around the Shed.

Sign-in when entering the building (full name in capitals, please), sign-out on leaving so those acting as fire wardens are aware of who is in the building in the event of an emergency. If you regularly attend you will be issued with a fob so you can log in and out electronically.

Make yourself aware of emergency exit points from the building, emergency power-off buttons, first aid stations and the location of the fire assembly area.

In case of fire, press the nearest alarm button and shout, “fire”, leave the building by the nearest safe exit and meet at the fire assembly point. Do not attempt to tackle the fire unless trained to use the equipment. READ THE SEPARATE FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURE.

Fire alarms may be occasionally sounded. If this is done with prior notice then it will be a Fire Alarm Test and building evacuation will not be required. Should no notice be given, then it should be treated as the real thing, albeit it may be a Fire Exercise, and so you speedily evacuate the building.

In the event of an evacuation of the building follow the instructions of the Fire Wardens.

Keep all designated walkways, doorways, stairs and stairwells free from obstruction; deal with and report any hazards.

Hazardous substances are to be stored in the assigned storage areas. Waste flammable materials, including used rags, paper etc. are to be disposed of off the premises as soon as practically possible.

Accidents may happen, hopefully only minor. If a trained First Aider is present, immediately report to them. Minor cuts etc. may be dealt with using the supplies at the First Aid Station. More serious injuries should be immediately referred to a doctor, hospital or emergency services. The Shed is also fortunate in having a defibrillator in case of an emergency that we hope will never occur.

All accidents are to be reported and details witnessed in the Accident Book.

Parking is available at the front of the building. Temporary parking is permitted at the rear of the building only when on or off-loading vehicles.

Obtain permission and book out Shed-owned property you might need to borrow in the book that is kept in the office. As for your own property; it’s safer to lock all valuables away. Leaving things out is entirely at the owner’s risk.

Workshops and work areas

You may only use workshop fixed power tools if you have been accredited to do so. We are currently developing a new Accreditation Procedure. You will be given details of this when you first request to use a machine. Even when accredited to use a machine, ensure you work within the boundaries of your skills and knowledge.

Safety footwear must be worn at all times within the workshop area. There is a loan supply of safety boots in the office. Wear them. Limited access in normal footwear is permitted only in the safe marked walkways.

Personal Safety Equipment is supplied throughout the Shed. When working, locate and use the appropriate items.

We have a Lone Worker Policy. Basically, nobody is allowed to be in the Shed on their own, at least two persons must be present at all times.

Most benches are for two-person working. Share them when needed. Don’t hog work space or other Shed facilities.

Space in the Shed is at a premium. As appealing as the idea may be of adding more tools and materials to the Shed, think, is it truly of value to the Shed and where is it going to be stored? Obtain permission from the Management Committee before doing so.

If you plan large projects in the Shed, obtain permission from the Management Committee before starting.

When you have finished for the day, take your work home or clearly mark it up with your name and store it in the projects rack. Benches must be left clear unless agreed in advance e.g. paint is drying or glue setting. Leave the workshops and other work areas clean and tidy.

IMPORTANT. Return tools to their assigned storage. There are lists in locations stating which tools should be stored there. You move it, we lose it!

Don’t interrupt or distract others, especially when working on machinery. You can cause an accident.

Don’t hinder others in their work by taking tools or other items they are currently using unless you have their permission.

Respect a man’s work. Don’t criticise it; “I wouldn’t do it that way”, don’t mess with it. There’s no issue in you advising that there are alternative methods or facilities in the Shed for undertaking the work.

Ensure power tools you plan to use carry a green power PAT test label and it is still current. Prior to using check power tools for any wear and tear, see the “Before You Switch On” posters in the work areas.

If you plan to bring your own power tools into the Shed for personal use, ask first. Some equipment we won’t allow e.g. chain saws. All personal equipment must be PAT tested before use in the Shed. Refer to PAT Testing Officers.

Use the overhead power supply booms or wall sockets for powering tools. Only in exceptional circumstances use extension leads. Trailing cables are a great hazard. Note the position of wall-mounted Emergency Power Off buttons. Press the button in the event of an emergency on a machine. This will power off all power sockets in the work areas. Do not reset unless instructed. ALSO NOTE POWER OFF BUTTONS ON THE MACHINES AND USE THESE IF YOU CAN’T GET TO THE WALL BUTTONS.

Use the dust extraction equipment whenever possible. Dust can spoil other areas of the Shed and also affects the health of members.

After you have finished with a machine, switch it off before moving away or leaving the area. Never move away from a machine and leave it running. DON’T FORGET TO REMOVE DRILL BITS AND CUTTERS AND RETURN THEM TO STORAGE AND ALWAYS CLEAR UP AFTER YOURSELF.

Computers in the office/den are available for use by the members through Guest accounts.

Internet access is available through all machines along with wireless connection. See your name badge or notice in office/den for wireless password.

There is no facility for storing work you create on the PCs; use your own USB data pen to store your work. By all means use the printers, but sparingly.

Shed PCs are Windows-based and have Microsoft Office installed. Other specialist software such as Access and Photoshop are installed on some machines.

Take care when downloading or bringing in files to be read on a Shed PC. They must be scanned for viruses to minimise the chance of infecting the PCs.

Software may only be installed on PCs by those with Admin rights. All software and materials used on PCs must be properly licensed.

The kitchen and social space

 Keep the kitchen tidy, wipe up spillages immediately, there’s no one to clear up after you.

Put all used cups, plates and cutlery in the dishwasher. Follow the instructions on the dishwasher.

Tea, coffee and sugar are supplied out of Shed funds; you don’t have to pay extra. It doesn’t get into the kitchen by magic. If milk, sugar, tea or coffee is running short, raise it with others and look to see it replaced. You will be reimbursed if you supply it.

Only tea and coffee are for communal use. If you have anything special of your own, mark it up with your name. Note perishable items brought in for personal use will be thrown out at the end of the week.

Help us to recycle. Put all waste, whether it is kitchen waste, office, or workshop waste in the assigned bins. Or better still, take it home, including your perishables for disposal, it saves us a job.

Keep clean. Follow good hygiene practice, use the dishwasher, it does a better job than you, wash hands after attending the toilet, keep the toilet area tidy; this all helps stop the spread of disease.

Unless you are a woman or disabled, don’t use those assigned toilets.

All electrical appliances, kitchen, office, workshops and works, are to be turned off at the end of the day unless otherwise marked.