HMN VAC Code of Conduct
The Hocking Makers Network (HMN) is a community workshop and work space. We share space, equipment, tools, and knowledge to pursue our individual goals and hobbies, to improve our skills, to learn from each other, and to make cool things. The HMN is part of a larger environment of learning. We hope that you can thrive and grow as a member of our Network.
When you Join the HMN community, you agree to be held to these standards:
Respect Each Other
Please be mindful of everyone's skill level and be respectful of their rights and choices.
Harmful acts or speech will not be tolerated at HMN. We do not tolerate hateful or discriminatory behavior. This includes, but is not limited to: discrimination based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, accessibility needs, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion as identified by each member of themselves.
Respect The Space
LEAVE A CLEAN WORK AREA
We adhere to the cleaner than you found it philosophy. We do not have staff to clean up after you, and other members should not have to clean up after you before they can use any of the shop space or tools. Each makerspace shop, lab, or studio is equipped with cleaning equipment (brooms, dust pans, compressed air, vacuums). If you are unfamiliar with a procedure or process, please ask.
When using multiple tools in any of the spaces you may wait to sweep up the floor and fully clean up the shop. Please remember to brush off each tool before moving on to the next. This preps each tool for the next member. Plan a workflow process as best as possible to avoid jumping back and forth on equipment unnecessarily.
EQUIPMENT, MACHINE, AND TOOL SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Only trained members in good standing can use HMN VAC equipment and tools. You must have either taken the appropriate orientation class on the equipment, machine, or tool(s) you wish to use or have been appropriately signed off through private instruction or other arrangements made with the HMN staff. Members are expected to follow the safety and care protocol covered in your instruction and as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s). You are expected to adhere to our safety and security requirements.
No item should be used in a manner other than that which it is intended. Certain restrictions have been set to preserve the good working condition of each piece of equipment, machine, or tool. Any member found to be misusing or abusing HMN space, equipment, tools, or furnishings will be asked ONCE to stop. If misuse continues, the member will be restricted from using that item or have their membership revoked.
Hocking College is installing security cameras and keycode locks on the front entrance. Members will receive keypad code after initial orientation, as well as an ID badge. Members will also have their photo taken for security purposes.
Ask for help anytime you feel unsure about the safety of what you are about to use or do.
Violation of any part of our Code of Conduct may result in suspension or termination of membership WITHOUT A REFUND. We reserve the right to handle violations as we deem appropriate and/or necessary.
Give your work your undivided attention. One and only one person should operate a piece of equipment and must continue to attend it while running. Operate machinery with a clear mind, never while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, medication, or if you have a medical condition that may impair your ability to safely operate machinery.
Wear appropriate clothing items for the Visual Arts Center makerspace. Wear hearing and breathing protection as appropriate to the work environment. Do not operate rotating machinery while wearing long sleeves, gloves, loose jewelry, loose long hair, neckties, hoodie strings or anything else which may get caught and draw you into the machine. Refer to each individual SOP for further instruction.
Use of dangerous, volatile, non-volatile chemicals, sealants, and other material is only through prior approval of HMN VAC staff. Provide the appropriate Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) to be considered for approval.
All use of glues, paints, sealants, stains and other chemicals should be handled safely and appropriately and should have written approval from HMN staff prior to use. Please protect all tools, work tables, other projects and floor from any damage that may be caused by your use of the approved chemical or finish.
More information about MSDS can be found here: http://www.msds.com. These provide critical first aid, safety information, and substance interaction information.
Be A Good Financial Citizen
Please be sure to settle your membership renewal payments on time. You will be notified 7 days prior to your renewal date. An invoice will be sent to you from Hocking College’s fiscal department. If you are unable to make your payment online, please visit the Cashiers Office in John Light Hall on the first floor or call 740-753-7029.
Respect our Reputation
Comply with state, local, and federal laws.
Smoking and vaping inside the building is not permitted. All tobacco products are prohibited inside the VAC. Hocking College is a tobacco free campus. Please respect this.
Comply with building rules and postings. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Do not store anything outside of the VAC
- Do not damage the building, its fixtures, or equipment
- Do not leave vehicles in the parking lot for more than 24 hours. They will be towed at the owner’s expense.
- Trash must be discarded in their respective trash receptacles inside the VAC.
Use and consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed in the VAC unless specifically permitted by Dr. Betty Young.
We are held in high regard in our community and work with schools, youth, businesses and other community partners. You may not claim to represent us or speak on our behalf without our prior approval. You may not link to us from a site that contains offensive material.
Help Us Help You
This is a shared space, and we trust that you will help us stand up against behavior that is unsafe, disrespectful to HMN, or makes you feel unwelcome, as you might tell another friend.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or a trusted person if you feel uncomfortable openly discussing these issues.
Don’t Be The Reason We Have To Make More Rules
Violation of any part of this handbook may result in temporary or permanent removal from the Space, suspension or termination of membership, or eviction from rental storage without a refund. We will try to provide warnings and clarification of policies first when reasonable. The Board of Directors reserves the right to handle violations as we see necessary.