You must 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.

The wiki page for a piece of equipment will specify if an induction is required. There may also be a label affixed to the machine, a lockout on the plug, or a card access device. If it is not clear whether a piece of equipment requires an induction, ask on the forum before using it.

If you propose a piece of equipment for Hackspace (including loans and donations), you must consider the induction process. You must publish on the wiki and announce on the forum:

  • 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 should report this to the Directors who will review the report as an incident.

Inductions are typically arranged on the forum. Inductors will advertise potential dates and times for inductions on the forum, and if you can make it, you should reply to the inductor's post.

You can also try requesting an induction by posting a message on the forum, but be aware that all inductors are volunteers who offer these services in their spare time, so inductions are typically offered at their convenience, not yours. There is no guarantee that an induction will be possible in any given timeframe.

Inductions will tell or show you how to:

  • Use the equipment without endangering yourself or others.
  • Ensure you don't damage the equipment.
  • Help you get 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.

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. They will also invite you to run your first induction whilst being supervised by another inductor.

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

  • manual/inductions
  • Last modified: 7 months ago
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