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The question of children and teens at theSpace has come up regularly over the past two years. We hadn't established a policy because we weren't quite sure what it should be. After some discussion, (quite a few, at multple member meets), it came down to this:

Policy

  1. Children under the age of 16 at theSpace must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver (teacher, parent or guardian).
  2. Children under the age of 13 must be supervised at all times. Teens 13 and older should work with shop equipment under supervision of an experienced adult.
  3. A liability waiver must be signed by parents acknowledging the hazards their children may encounter before children enter theSpace any further than the front meeting room.

Expected Behaviour

  1. Disruptive and distracting behavior is not permitted in theSpace. This includes running, throwing, rude and abusive language, swearing, obscenities, rough-housing or fighting. The reason is that some people are working with dangerous tools, and disruptions to their attention may distract equipment operators enough to cause injury to themselves. In addition, out-of-control children may trip, fall, knock over racks and supplies, and otherwise cause injury to themselves.
  2. When inappropriate behaviour is witnessed, a verbal warning will be issued Any RMM member may issue the warning. A young person may receive up to three verbal warnings before being asked to leave theSpace for that day.

Tool use and training

  1. Certain tools and machinery have age requirements for use, which are listed on their Equipment labels and wiki pages.
  2. All makers must participate in mandatory safety trainings in order to use certain tools; they may not use these tools until certification training has been complete, as confirmed by lab hosts.
  3. Makers must attend certification trainings in person.
  4. When using a tool that does not require certification, the maker is certifying that he/she is capable of using that item in a safe and proper manner.
  5. Members will assist in explaining operation of tools and equipment as time allows. Equipment manuals are available on the wiki, as detail on the equipment label.


Safety Guidelines

  1. Makers are encourage to bring their own PPE. This includes, safety glasses, ear plugs and gloves.

Back up supplies are available in labs.

  1. Some tools require specific safety gear, which is described on the tool’s wiki page. All safety gear must be worn as appropriate.
  2. Certain items may also require hair and any dangling items, like jewelry, to be secured or covered before use.
  3. Appropriate close-toed shoes and clothing must be worn depending on the activity.
  4. If a maker sees that any tool or piece of equipment is unsafe or in a state of disrepair, the maker must immediately discontinue use of the tool and notify the lab host.

Food and drink

  1. No food or drink should be consumed in work areas. This is for safety reasons (cross contamination from chemstry).
  2. In case-of a medical emergency, RMM members or adults present will call 911.


One thing present in the Pikes Peak guidelines (that i really like) is that the equipment is marked for an appropriate age of use. This would be an easy add to our equipment pages going forward. I would suggest on the QR code label.

Reference

Emmet O'Neal Library Policy statement

Children of all ages are encouraged to visit the library With their parents and to take advantage of the resources available to them to meet their informational, recreational and educational needs. The responsibility for the children's safety, health and behaviour in the library resides with the parent or guardian, This policy applies to children of all ages who visit the library. The library Staff is not responsible for the supervision of children visiting the library.

Policy and Procedures

  1. Children in the library under the age of seven must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver (at least 14 years of age).

Young children may not be left in the Children’s Department While the caregiver is elsewhere in the library.

  1. Disruptive behavior is not permitted in the library or on library property. This includes running, throwing, rude and abusive language, swearing, obscenities: fighting and loitering.
  2. No food or drink is allowed in the building. This includes meeting rooms, computer work stations and quiet rooms. This policy does not apply to specially arranged library programs in which refreshments are part of the event. At these times, food and drink will remain in the designated program area but will not be allowed in the library proper.
  3. Children age seven and above who visit the library unaccompanied should abide by the following guidelines:
    1. All

Should display appropriate behavior while visiting the library, whether for homework, research, reading, computer usage or participation in library programming.

    1. When inappropriate behaviour is witnessed, a verbal warning will be issued. A young person may receive u to three verbal warnings before being asked to leave the library for that day. If the

inappropriate behavior persists over subsequent visits, a written warning will be issued and the parents will be contacted by the library director. This could lead to suspension as determined by the Director. All children should be picked up by the closing time of the library. If a child is not picked up, the parents will be called and the child will be taken to the Police Station to await parent's arrival.

In case-of a medical emergency, library staff will call 911.

Pike's Peak District Library Makerspace guidelines

Makerspace Safety Guidelines

Welcome to Pikes Peak Library District’s Make and Make II in Library 21c! Please read and follow this policy and guidelines. Your use of Make or Make II signifies your agreement with this policy and guidelines.

Requirements for Use

Makers must be valid PPLD cardholders.

Prior to using Make or Make II, adult patrons must complete and sign a Makerspace Use and Release Agreement and verify their identity with valid photo ID and library card (adult patrons with a legal guardian should have that individual sign the Use and Release Agreement). Minor patrons must have an adult parent, guardian or other person with appropriate legal authority sign the Makerspace Use and Release Agreement. Parents/guardians are welcome to tour the Makerspace area to become familiar with the facilities and equipment and evaluate use by a minor child, and PPLD staff are happy to answer parent/guardian questions. A minor without valid photo ID may verify his/her identity with a library card and valid photo ID of a parent/guardian. Makers must check in with the staff member on duty, using their PPLD library card, and sign the guest book each time before they use the space. Makers must be at least 9 years old to be in the space.

Makers under age 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. Parent/guardian supervision is welcome for all minors over age 12.

Certain tools and machinery have age requirements for use, which are listed on their Equipment Use Guidelines cards.

Makers must participate in mandatory safety trainings in order to use certain tools; they may not use these tools until certification training has been complete, as confirmed by PPLD staff.

Makers must attend certification trainings in person.

When using a tool that does not require certification, the maker is certifying that he/she is capable of using that item in a safe and proper manner. Staff is available to assist in explaining operation of tools and equipment as time allows, and will make available upon request materials such as manuals.

Patrons with disabilities who need special arrangements or accommodations are requested to notify Antonia at 719-884-9765 as far in advance as possible before their expected time of use.

Safety Guidelines

PPLD provides the maker with access to safety supplies in Make and Make II. Some tools require specific safety gear, which is described on the tool’s Equipment Use Guidelines card. All safety gear must be worn as appropriate.

Certain items may also require hair and any dangling items, like jewelry, to be secured or covered before use. Appropriate close-toed shoes and clothing must be worn depending on the activity. If a maker sees that any tool or piece of equipment is unsafe or in a state of disrepair, the maker must immediately discontinue use of the tool and notify PPLD staff.

HackerMoms

Has a sample policy for onsite childcare and babysitting - possible model for down the road. Some really good stuff here!

Melbourne Makerspace

See age restrictions (must be 18 to be a member, but children come to events)

The maker must report any accident or incident that occurs in Make or Make II to a staff member. If you see unsafe behavior by anyone, please let staff know.

Projects and materials must be approved by staff prior to use of 3D printers, laser cutter, and CNC machine. Machinery will be run by staff. Covered drinks are welcome in Make and Make II. Food is not permitted.

Policies must be adopted by the general membership at the general meeting. Our next general meeting is in March 2016. Would be good to have this policy ready for passage at that time. Velochicdunord (talk) 15:23, 30 November 2015 (EST)