I recieved the following e-mail yesterday, asking about how people keep their spaces safe. While I think it relates do our conversation on Insurance, it also merits some discussion of its own. So, what do you think?
We have come to the point where we do have a couple questions you might be able to help us with. We are currently growing fast in membership and already have some very exciting mechanical and electronic projects brewing. You can check out a sample at: http://makehaven.org/gallery-collections/galleries
. We have wanted also to do woodworking and have the space for it but are nervous about finding the best way to balance access and safety. Clearly a table saw is something that we want to make sure people know how to use and respect but how do we ensure that? We have talked about all kinds of rules, training and even RF based passes to the individual tools (at least the big ones). We have gotten some good insurance but that is not the only point, we want to make sure we make our space as safe as possible. Do you know how others do this? Is there a standard template policy that is proven to work well? Right now we have some tools (table saw and drlll press) that have been donated but we are not hooking them up till we have a better idea of a policy. Any resources you suggest to help us sort this out?