Materials Lab Policies

NewSchool has several policies in place to ensure the safety of our students in the Materials Lab. It is important to review our safety policies and follow these policies when using the Materials Lab.

Digital Area

  • Never approach a digital tool when it is working and make certain it is complete before approaching.
  • Arrive on-time for your appointments; being 10 minutes late forfeits your appointment.
  • Missed appointments will result in the inability to book another appointment for the remainder of the week.
  • Always clean up your work area.
  • Only used approved materials for the digital equipment.
  • Plan ahead—work will often take much longer than you expected, especially if it is your first time.
  • Ensure appropriate ventilation is on when using any tool.

Lab Area

  • Never be in the lab without a staff member present.
  • Always wear appropriate safety protection for your activity, including safety glasses.
  • Do not work if you are tired or impaired.
  • Ask a staff person if you are uncertain how to operate a machine, select a material, or how to safely perform an operation.
  • Always clean up your work area when you are done.
  • Use all safety guards, and do not remove or disable any safety equipment.
  • Any project should be related to coursework only. Non-coursework projects are allowed by must be cleared with the staff first.
  • Only green-tagged tools are available for checkout.
  • Respect the decision of any staff person, they have the final say.

Wood Area

  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing or headphones. Long hair must be tied back.
  • Do not cut wood with nails, metal, or other contaminants.
  • Leave all safety guards in place.
  • If something is not cutting properly or adjusting easily, or is awkward, ask a staff member for assistance.
  • Always clean up your work area when you are done.
  • Store material in appropriate shelves or racks only.
  • Put away any hand or power tools when you are finished using them.
  • Always turn on the dust collector before using any fixed tool.

Metal Area

  • Wear proper safety equipment for welding, cutting, or any activity in metal.
  • Make sure to use safety screens when welding.
  • Turn off all gas bottles when you are done using them.
  • Always clean up your work area when you are done.
  • Put away any power tools, welders or cutters when you are done using them.
  • If a tool has coolant, make sure it is working when you are cutting.
  • Select the correct TPI of a blade for the material you are cutting.
  • Work only with mild steel or aluminum. Ask a staff member if you wish to use other metals.