All members and guests are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct at all times while operating at Roswell Firelabs.
Failure to follow these rules after three successive warnings issued by the Executive Director may result in suspension of privileges.
- Respect other members and guests, in-person and online/electronically. No harassment, discrimination, hate speech, or overly aggressive behavior will be tolerated.
- Respect our equipment and facilities as much as you would your own property.
- Respect our culture as a shared/community space that doesn’t belong to any individual.
- If you observe something wrong, unsafe, problematic, or any kind of incident occurs, submit a report at https://roswellfirelabs.org/report
- If you would like to request more consumables or equipment in the space (subject to approval), submit it at https://roswellfirelabs.org/request
- If you would like guidance on a specific tool, submit a request at https://roswellfirelabs.org/training
Shop Safety & Etiquette
- If there is an emergency, call 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.
- Document any emergencies by submitting an incident report, only after you are safe.
- Do not go into the attic or on the roof of the building without 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.
- Do not sleep in the space overnight or remain in the building past 11PM or before 7AM.
- Do not share your access card with friends or other non-members.
- Follow all tool-specific or area-specific safety or operation procedures, including posted signage, at all times.
- Always wear eye protection.
- Always wear closed-toe shoes.
- Always secure long hair and loose accessories or clothing (machine accidents are often fatal)
- Wear hearing protection, breathing protection, or gloves where appropriate for the tools you’re using. Do NOT wear gloves when using machinery with moving mechanical parts.
- 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 Operations Team.
- Don’t work alone if you aren’t confident to do so.
- Report any injuries using the incident report form - after you have obtained aid.
- 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”. Request training using the training request form.
- Only use tools for their intended purpose and design.
- Be aware of 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, then submit an incident report.
- Power Off or unplug any tools prior to performing maintenance or service.
- Only use safety equipment (fire extinguishers, eye wash, etc.) for the intended purpose.
- Clean up after yourself. Leave workspaces better than you found them.
- Do not relocate powered equipment outside of their respective areas or rooms.
- Do not take communal materials (wood, etc.) unless you are actually using it for a project.
- Do not sell or otherwise remove our equipment from the space without authorization.
- For-Profit projects are okay, provided you are not using an excessive amount of communal materials to make and sell products that only benefit you. If you are unsure on this, check with the Executive Director.
- 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. Do not leave projects in this area for more than two weeks.
- Do not bring large equipment/machinery into the building without being cleared by the Operations Team.
- 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.
- Do not park any vehicles in the building (sorry, we don't have space for automotive projects).
- Always report lost access cards or equipment using the incident report form.
Guests & Visitors
- You are responsible for any visitors you bring into the building.
- Visitors should not use equipment without being formally trained in how it works, by an authorized trainer.
- Visitors must be chaperoned at all times and should not be permitted to work alone in the space.
- Visitors are subject to all of the same standards and procedures as our members.
- Tours: Random people dropping by for a “tour” is a common occurrence. We recommend that people schedule tours by emailing email@example.com. You are not required to answer the door to give people tours, though this helps us build a friendly community. If you do choose to give someone a tour, please treat them as you would any guest/visitor, and accompany them until they leave the facility.
- All events taking place at Roswell Firelabs should be formally approved and scheduled on our Events Calendar located on roswellfirelabs.org. Do not host your own events in our space using external platforms such as Eventbrite or Meetup. All event attendees must RSVP through our website.
- Consult the calendar to be mindful of when events are occurring, and plan accordingly. If a class is posted on the calendar in advance, you should not be surprised if parking and availability of the space is limited.
- Do not repeatedly interrupt classes or events; this is not polite towards those participating in or conducting the classes. If class participants/instructors take issue with you doing something in the same space as their class, you should respect their activity and come back later.
- If you are teaching a class, do not directly collect registration fees. All registrants should pay online/in advance unless otherwise arranged.
- You are responsible for cleaning up after any classes for which you are the instructor.
- Do not participate in a class for which you have not registered or paid for, as this is unfair to participants who have.
- All monetary donations should preferably be made by payment card at https://roswellfirelabs.org/donate
- Check donations should be made out to Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc. and mailed to 1601 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076, or given to the Executive Director in person.
- Cash donations should be deposited in the designated on-site receptacle.
- Any specific donor intent for funding must be established prior to the donation being accepted.
- If members want to collectively fundraise specific pieces of equipment for the space, all funds gathered must be donated with this specific intent to the organization. All funds raised must be received and managed by the organization, not individual members. Anything purchased with these funds (and the funds themselves) shall become property of Roswell Firelabs.
- Do not enter into contracts, transactions, agreements, sponsorships, partnerships or endorsements on behalf of the Firelabs unless you have been given permission to do so by the Executive Director.
- Do not buy things on behalf of the Firelabs, unless you have been given permission to do so by the Executive Director, or you are intending to donate what you buy to the organization. You will not be reimbursed for unauthorized expenses.
- Do not modify our internet infrastructure (without permission), perform unauthorized hacking, or other illegal activities involving computers.
- 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.