Safety is paramount within the UNSW Makerspace Network. Each machine, process and lab is subject to the rigorous UNSW Risk Management Program. Access is only granted to users who are deemed competent to work safely. Our safety protocols are being continually reviewed and updated as the network matures and expands.
Our Badges train users in the safety and technical aspects of machines and processes within the Makerspace Network. Badges are awarded when competence is achieved and the UNSW Makerspace Network reserves the right to revoke access if safety becomes a concern.
1) You MUST have your MSI Badge
Every UNSW Making user must have their Makerspace Safety Induction Badge (MSI). This essential training introduces new users to the safety and technical foundations required to access the Makerspaces within UNSW.
2) Closed in shoes, always
Closed in footwear is essential in each and every Makerspace within UNSW. Entry will not be granted to anyone who is wearing open toed footwear, no matter how hot the weather is.
3) Wear safety glasses
Safety glasses are required for many activities within Makerspaces. They provide vital protection from projectiles and significantly reduce the risk of serious injury. Obey signage and staff direction on safety glass protocol.
4) Hair tied back
Long hair must be tied back to ensure your vision is unobstructed and to reduce the risk of your hair becoming tangled in the moving parts of equipment.
5) No loose clothing or jewelry
Loose clothing and jewellery are not permited in the Makerspaces. They pose a serious safety risk as they may become tangled in the moving parts of equipment.
6) Clean up after yourself
Users are responsible for cleaning their work area. Our staff are highly skilled and are employed to provide expert advice to users, not to provide a cleaning service in the Makerspaces.
7) No hazardous materials
In the interest of everyone's safety certain hazardous materials are banned from usage in the Makerspaces. Please check with staff if you are unsure about any material.
8) Introduce yourself
If you are new to a Makerspace introduce yourself to the technical experts or Maker Mentors on duty. The UNSW Makerspace network is a collaborative space and we place great importance on communication.
9) Ask for help
Unsure how to use a machine? Forgot some instructions? Could use an experts opinion? Ask for help - our technical experts and Maker Mentors are here to offer guidance and advice.
10) Abide by UNSW Code of Conduct
Safety within the UNSW Makerspace Network is governed by the UNSW Health & Safety framework. If you need to report a Hazard or an Incident please do so here:
All Makerspaces are covered by University of New South Wales Codes of Conduct. Read more:
Our Makerspaces abide to the UNSW Health and Safety Policy Statement. Read more: