UNSW Making


We take the safety of users, staff and visitors within the UNSW Makerspace Network seriously

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.

Workshop Safety Top 10

1) You MUST have your WS Badge

Every UNSW Making user must have their Workshop Safety Induction Badge (WS). 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 permitted 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 staff 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 staff are here to offer guidance and advice.

10) Abide by UNSW Code of Conduct

All users of the UNSW Makerspace Network must abide by the UNSW Code of Conduct. Read the Student Code of Conduct here and the Staff & Affiliates Code of Conduct here.

Report a Hazard or Incident

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:

Report a Hazard

Codes of Conduct

All Makerspaces are covered by University of New South Wales Codes of Conduct. Read more:

Student Code of Conduct

Staff & Affiliates Code of Conduct

UNSW Health and Safety Policy Statement

Our Makerspaces abide to the UNSW Health and Safety Policy Statement. Read more:

UNSW Health and Safety Policy Statement