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Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) Documents

JHA documents go through the step-by-step process of setting up and using a machine, identifying potential safety hazards in each step.

Material Safety Data Sheets

The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are required to be posted for all materials found in the MakerSpace.


Preventing injury to people (and equipment) is our first priority. To do this, users must demonstrate knowledge and competence. After completing Basic Training, users can earn "badges" that certify their competence. The various badges, and the equipment authorized by that badge, is listed below. For each badge, a user builds one or more "widgets" using a combination of tools.

It is of the utmost importance that users obey the mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements when using tools in the MakerSpace. Reminder signs are placed throughout the MakerSpace, and more detailed information can be found in the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) forms below, copies of which are also available in the MakerSpace.

Basic Training

Every MakerSpace user (defined as anyone who touches any tool or piece of equipment) must complete the Basic Training online course, and sign the waiver form (available from any Ninja). Completion of Basic Training allows entry and access to hand tools in the MakerSpace.

Digital-1 Training

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Completion of the requirements for the Digital-1 badge allows access to the laser cutters, filament 3D printers, polishing disc sander, and blast cabinet.

Digital-2 Training

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Completion of the requirements for the Digital-2 badge allows access to the AutoDesk Ember SLA 3d printers.

CNC Tool Training

Completion of the requirements for the CNC badge allows access to the Tormach PCNC 1100 Mill and the Tormach 15L Slant Pro CNC Lathe.

Metal-1 Training

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Completion of the requirements for the Metal-1 badge allows access to the machines geared for plastics and soft metals, including the drill press, vertical band saw, shear, bending brake, horizontal band saw, riveter, and tapping tools.

Metal-2 Training

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Completion of the requirements for the Metal-2 badge allows access to the machines geared for harder metals like steel, plus the precision drill press, bench grinder, angle grinder, portable drill, and reciprocating saw.

Wood-1 Training

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This badge gives access to the disc, belt, portable and spindle sanders; the wood shop's drill press and band saws, the "Blade Runner" saw, and the 3/8" portable electric drill. Here are the instructions:

Wood-2 Training

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This badge extends Wood-1 privileges to include the table saw, the radial arm saw, and the portable reciprocating (saber) saw.

Electronics Training

This badge is required to utilize the tools in the electronics workshop on the Mezzanine level of the MakerSpace.

Equipment Manuals