Roswell Firelabs Member Code of Conduct
All members and guests are required to abide by our Code of Conduct at all times while operating at Roswell Firelabs or in our Slack workspace.
Useful information, such as invites to Slack, links to submit reports/requests, meeting minutes, and much more may be found on the Member Resources page.
COVID-19 NOTE: Failure to wear masks/facial coverings at all times while operating in our space may result in access privileges being revoked.
1. Safety first
- If there is an emergency, dial 911
- Know where entrances and exits, first aid, fire extinguishers, and eye wash stations are
- If it is unsafe to remain in the building due to an emergency, exit immediately.
- After you are safe, report the emergency.
- Do not go into the attic or on the roof without prior, written authorization
- Do not perform unauthorized maintenance or modifications to the building or infrastructure.
- Do not consume drugs or alcohol at Roswell Firelabs. Do not smoke/vape inside the building.
- Only use safety equipment (fire extinguishers, eye wash, etc.) for the intended purpose.
- Do not sleep in the space overnight or remain in the building past 11PM or before 7AM.
- Do not park any vehicles in the building
- Do not share your access card with friends or other non-members.
- Follow ALL posted signage at all times
- Do not modify our internet infrastructure (without written permission), perform unauthorized hacking, or other illegal activities involving computers.
- Individuals under the age of 18 are not permitted to use our equipment without their legal guardian submitting a release of liability, and being approved by the Executive Director.
Wood shop specific safety procedures:
- Always: wear eye protection, closed-toed shoes, safety glasses, and appropriate PPE. Secure hair and loose accessories or clothing.
- DO NOT wear gloves when utilizing machinery with mechanical moving parts
2. Respect the membership
- No harassment, discrimination, hate speech, or overly aggressive behavior will be tolerated. Language in the space and online should be kept PG.
- You are responsible for any and all personal equipment or materials you bring into the space, including storing it in your rented locker or otherwise securing it.
- If you choose to leave personal tools in common areas, we are not responsible for other members using your tools.
- Use the designated project storage area to store your in-progress work. Follow the Member Storage Policy.
- Do not bring large equipment/machinery into the building without permission from the Executive Director.
- If you bring in equipment intended for members to use, you are responsible for showing members how to use your equipment - if no members are benefitting from the equipment or you are not willing to train members, you may be asked to remove your property.
- If you bring your child in to Roswell Firelabs, you are responsible and accountable for their behavior.
3. Respect the space
- Roswell Firelabs is a shared, community space. It does not belong to any one individual. Respect the space as you would your own property, but be thoughtful about the needs of the person coming in after you.
- If you have a large project in mind, consider the impacts of it in a shared space. You may need to store your in-progress large projects offsite if they cause issues with other members or block tool access.
- Clean up after yourself. Leave workspaces better than you found them.
- Always report lost access cards or equipment.
- If you are the last one out at the end of operating hours, clean up your stuff and make sure all lights (except the middle row of lights on the shop floor) are turned off. If you have adjusted the air conditioning, do not let it run all night. Lastly, make sure that all doors are properly closed when you leave.
- You are responsible for the conduct of your guests - follow the Guest Policy
4. Respect the tools:
- Most tools require training; you must certify that you know how most tools work prior to using them.
- If you are unsure how a tool works, ask for help. Do not use a tool to try to “figure it out”.
- Only use tools for their intended purpose and design - do not perform "experiments" with our equipment.
- Be aware of and utilize other equipment that functions in conjunction with some tools, such as dust collectors.
- Don’t leave equipment running unattended unless it is designed to safely run without hazard (ex: 3D printer, vinyl cutter).
- Make sure a tool is in working order before using it. If it is not, disconnect the power and leave a note on the tool, and ideally report the issue.
- Power Off or unplug any tools prior to performing maintenance or service.
- Don’t work alone if you aren’t confident to do so.
- Do not relocate powered equipment outside of their respective areas or rooms.
- Do not sell or otherwise remove our equipment from the space without written authorization from the Executive Director.
Roswell Firelabs Code of Conduct Infraction Policy
The Code of Conduct is critically important to the safety of our members. Failing to abide by the Code of Conduct is extremely serious.
Infractions are categorized as either safety infractions or space infractions. Safety infractions include but are not limited to any misuse of tools or failure to abide by safety policies and restrictions. Space infractions include but are not limited to disrespecting fellow members, failing to clean up after yourself, and inappropriate use of the space for the project you are working on.
The three strikes policy is to be applied at the discretion of the Executive director.
If an infraction of the Code of Conduct has been identified:
Written warning and discussion with the Executive Director.
Revocation of tool access (if relevant), other actions as determined by the Executive Director.