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Safety at VHS

The Vancouver Hack Space is an open-concept area, and we are very welcoming of folks no matter how much knowledge or previous experience you have, but we also have some very dangerous tools and chemicals readily available.

All tools in the “workshop area” (the back half of the space) are members only. Feel free to come down and use our soldering irons, hand tools, and test gear, however.

If you are not qualified to use our dangerous tools, or are unsure, please ask! A list of rules will not keep you safe; safety comes from knowing how to recognize all possible hazards and understanding how to deal with them. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others.

A brief overview of our safety gear:

Please familiarize yourself with all of the below before undertaking anything remotely dangerous.

  • Emergency Power Shutoffs Coming Soon
  • First aid kits:
    • White box hanging on top of the metal desk in the Hangout
    • Big clear plastic tub on top of the lockers in the Hangout
    • Crash kit in the red backpack inside the top right locker near the couches
    • Small yellow kit near workshop entrance for minor nicks and scrapes
  • Fire extinguishers:
    • Red one up at the front of The Hangout above the metal desk
    • Small red one above blue craft lockers near soldering stations
    • Small red one near BYTES sign above member lockers
    • White spray bottle by laser cutter - for small flare-ups
  • Eye wash station near workshop entrance
  • Yellow sharps container on main small tools shelving
  • Naloxone kit Up at the front of the Hangout just above the metal desk
  • Safety glasses are located in the small tool shelves to the right of the entrance to the wood shop area. There are various sizes and styles available for use (some will fit over regular glasses, some will provide good peripheral vision, childrens sizes, etc)
  • Gloves are available in a variety of styles
    • Leather protective gloves are in the small tools area near the central work tables
    • Latex and Nitrile gloves are with the cleaning supplies in the Ops room
    • Respirators and face protection

Code of Conduct

VHS Principles of Unity

  • 0 Be excellent to each other. No racism, no sexism, no homophobia, no classism.
  • 1 You are free to have your own individual project, or participate in a VHS Group Project.
  • 2 VHS Group Projects are open to all.
  • 3 Eager willingness to learn is all you need. Expertise is not required. It's always ok to ask questions.
  • 4 VHS is a Member run Do-Ocracy. Help out as you can.
  • 5 One minute for VHS. When members are at the space in addition to cleaning up after themselves they will do a minimum of one minute for VHS on things that help us run. Examples include sweeping, taking out garbage, or anything else that helps the space operate.This helps us all!

General Order of Things:

  • Out of respect to members around you, if you're using heavy machinery or anything that could be potentially unsafe, loud, obnoxious or hazardous for any reason in the space, it's up to you as a member to communicate what you will be working on and why/how it is hazardous. This can be at many levels. For example, if you are using ferric chloride to etch circuit boards, this is a potentially toxic and unhealthy chemical to be exposed to. Please wear safety goggles and gloves to protect yourself, and warn those around you about what you're using. Or, look for alternatives. If you don't know the threats of what you're working with, please educate yourself. Check out some books from the library, read the MSDS, or google it.
  • We operate entirely from our membership base. So. Pay your dues! Also please bring in and donate common consumables - hot glue sticks, machine header pins, tape, beer, etc.
  • If something has a name(that is not yours) on it, it is not a Do-Ocracy.

Harassment Policy

Vancouver Hack Space Society (VHS) is dedicated to providing a welcoming and inclusive space for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality, immigration status, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of people at our events or space in any form.

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

  • Offensive words or actions related to the identities, traits, and characteristics stated above.
  • Gratuitous sexual or obscene images or behaviors on the VHS premises.
  • Unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention without consent or after a request to stop.
  • Deliberate intimidation by either words, gestures, body language, or menacing behavior.
  • Stalking.
  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Continued one-on-one contact or communication - either online or in person - after requests to cease.
  • Deliberate outing of a sensitive aspect of a person’s identity without their consent.
  • Deliberate misgendering. This includes dead-naming or persistently using a pronoun that doesn’t correctly reflect a person’s gender identity.


People asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to stop immediately. People breaking these rules will be sanctioned or expelled from the space or the event at the discretion of any VHS keymember.

How to Report

If you wish to report harassment please do any of the following:

Talk to any directors of VHS in person, via private message over Talk, or PM on Slack.

Send a message to

All reports will be treated as confidential and will be investigated.

admin/safety.txt · Last modified: 2019/04/18 00:57 by 00739