Inductions Guide

There are no inductions for Hackspace as a whole, however you need to be inducted before using some of our more dangerous or costly equipment. Inductions are intended to ensure you use the equipment safely and you the best chance of getting good results.

Only Hackspace members can be inducted on Hackspace equipment.

Which equipment requires inductions?

Equipment that requires induction is identified by a label affixed to the machine, or is protected by a card access device. If it is not clear whether a piece of equipment requires an induction, ask on the Google Group before using it.

If you propose the purchase of equipment for Hackspace, loan your own equipment or accept a donation of equipment, you must consider the induction process. You must publish on both the wiki and Google Group:

  • Whether or not the equipment requires induction.
  • Who will prepare the induction process and materials.
  • Who will initially deliver the inductions.

If you believe a piece of equipment in Hackspace that does not already have an induction should have one, you must report this to the Directors who will review the report as an incident.

How do I organise an induction?

You can request an induction by posting a message on the Google Group. Inductors will advertise dates and times of inductions on the Google Group, even if they are fully booked, so other members know not to use the equipment at those times.

When requesting inductions, please remember that our inductors are volunteers who offer these services in their spare time. There is no guarantee that an induction will be possible in any given timeframe.

What will you learn in an induction?

Inductions make sure that:

  • You can use the equipment without endangering yourself or others.
  • You do not damage the equipment.
  • You have the best chance of getting good results from the equipment.

You can find induction notes and other induction materials on our wiki, these notes are for reference and do not replace the need for a formal induction.

How can I start running inductions?

If you want to be an inductor, get in contact with whoever currently runs inductions for the equipment. They will make sure that you are properly inducted, make sure you’re familiar with the induction materials, and give you access to any other information and resources you require.

What do inductions cost?

Inductions are normally free, however the Directors may impose fines of £5 for not attending booked inductions.

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