Makerspace Safety

Makerspace Safety

Makerspaces are designed to encourage creativity and self-learning in constructing many varied products.

Makerspaces are becoming more common, with the advent and greater use of 3D printing (known also as additive manufacturing) and laser cutters, along with the more traditional tools such as soldering and machining.

Some of the makerspace hazards, including the ultrafine particles generated during 3D printing, have not been fully characterized to date. With this in mind, careful review of the processes, development of safe work procedures, and use of exposure control devices are important to minimize the risks of adverse exposure.

Department Contact

Mark Collins
Associate Director of Facilities & Life Safety
617-496-7168
mark_collins@harvard.edu

Chiu Oan Ngooi
Senior Lab Safety Program Officer
617-384-8264
chiuoan_ngooi@harvard.edu

Maryam Borton
Laboratory Safety Advisor (SEAS)
617-564-8888
maryam_borton@harvard.edu

Did You Know?

Make sure all machine safe guards are in place at all times so that moving parts are not a danger to you and other workers nearby. If machine safety guards are removed due to maintenance ensure that Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) protocols are closely followed.