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Makerspace Safety Guidelines

Welcome to Pikes Peak Library District’s makerspaces! Please read and follow this policy and guidelines. Your use of the makerspaces signifies your agreement with this policy and guidelines.

Requirements for Use

  • Makers must be valid PPLD cardholders.
  • Prior to using the makerspaces, 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 for Minors. 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 each time before using the space.
  • Makers must be at least 9 years old to be in the spaces. Exceptions may occur in cases of library staff-led programming specifically developed for younger makers.
  • 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.
  • Makers must participate in mandatory safety and use trainings in order to use certain tools and machinery; they may not use these tools until certification training has been complete, as confirmed by PPLD staff.
    • 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 staff at the location of interest as far in advance as possible before their expected time of use.

Safety Guidelines

  • PPLD provides the maker with access to safety supplies in the makerspaces.
    • Some tools require specific safety gear the use of which is described in certification training. 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 in the makerspaces.
  • 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.
  • The maker must report any accident or incident that occurs in any makerspace to a staff member.
  • If you see unsafe behavior by anyone, please let staff know.
  • Projects and materials may be subject to approval by staff prior to use of machinery.
  • Covered drinks are welcome in the makerspaces. Food is not permitted.