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GJ MakerSpace is a program of Western Colorado Business Development Corporation (WCBDC) dba the Business Incubator Center (BIC). The following policies are in place to ensure fair access for all members to our facilities. Failure to abide by these policies may result in termination of your membership or in the user being held responsible for replacement cost and labor cost of damaged WCBDC/GJMakerSpace property.

General Policy[edit]

  1. In order to access the Shop and use our facilities, all users must first meet with the GJMakerSpace Shop Manager and/or Safety Instructor and complete an orientation in workshop and facility safety procedures. These orientations are scheduled on a regular basis and can be arranged by contacting GJMakerspace or by checking www.gjmakerspace.org.
  2. All users of the Shop are responsible for their own safety. WCBDC will not be held liable or responsible for any injury sustained by using any of the facilities or equipment of WCBDC.
  3. If at any time you notice machinery, equipment, and/or tools which are not functioning properly, stop using the malfunctioning equipment and contact Staff. If Staff is not available, please contact the shop manger, Front Desk or Executive Director immediately. A list of cell phone numbers is posted in several locations throughout the facility for this purpose.
  4. When using any of the GJMakerSpace machines or facilities, members must return machines and facility to the state they were found in (i.e.clean, fully assembled, in good working order, etc.).
  5. All materials and projects in the shop must be labeled. Labels must include full name, phone number, and projected move date. All non or partially labeled projects/materials may be removed from the premises by GJMakerSpace staff.
  6. GJMakerSpace is not responsible for any damage to projects or material stored in Shop.
  7. All members, users of Shop, and workshop attendees are required to sign a Release of Liability Waiver before using any equipment, tools, or services in our facility.


  1. Pay dues on time, abide by the Membership Agreement, and contribute to the space. This includes, but is not limited to, cleaning the space, participating in projects that better the common work area (new workbenches, tables, shelves, etc.), and managing group projects. We are a volunteer-run organization. All members will be required to regularly volunteer a small amount of their time to help us hold down our operating costs, and keep our MakerSpace running smoothly and looking clean and professional.
  2. Membership is not a guarantee.  GJMakerSpace expects that every member, user of the shop, and workshop attendee will show one another goodwill and respect. Engaging in rude, embarrassing, obnoxious, or generally nasty behavior can result in termination of your membership.

Using the MakerSpace when Workshops are in Session[edit]

  1. Equipment, machines, classroom space, and other areas may be reserved for classes. Check the online reservation calendar to determine availability ahead of time if you need a specific machine or work area.
  2. Tables marked as reserved for workshops are for the exclusive use of instructors and attendees beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of the workshop.
  3. Please be considerate and refrain from excessively noisy work (planning, jointing, grinding) during the first hour of the workshop.
  4. Classes will receive priority on the 3D printers and equipment in the Shop.
  5. If you are on a deadline with a project, please speak with the instructor and/or Shop Manager. We want you to finish your project and have the workshop be a success.

Shop Rules and Conduct[edit]

  1. Always wear proper eye and ear protection as appropriate for the equipment you are using.
  2. No member, user of the workshop, or workshop attendee may use any shop equipment unless authorized to do so by successfully passing the GJMakerSpace safety orientation and be signed off by a SuperUser.
  3. Only authorized GJMakerSpace members are permitted in the workshops without prior permission and supervision. Keeping foot traffic to a minimum creates a safer and more comfortable working environment.
  4. Replacement cost due to neglect by breaking Shop Rules will be the responsibility of the individual who caused the damage.
  5. No pets allowed in any of the workshop areas unless authorized by the Executive Director or Advisory Board.
  6. Keep noise to a minimum.
  7. Ensure that all machine guarding is in place and functioning properly. It is your duty to inform the Shop Manager if the guarding is damaged or malfunctioning. Malfunctioning guarding will not properly protect you and becomes a hazard itself.
  8. Never leave machines running unattended unless the machine is designed for such usage.
  9. For drill presses and machining equipment; do not try to stop the machine with your hands or body. Stopping the machine with your body can result in entanglement, dismemberment or death. Always let moving parts come to a stop under their own power.
  10. Always keep hands, hair, feet, etc. clear of all moving machinery at all times. All long hair must be tied back above shoulder height. Loose fitting clothes such as baggy sweatshirts or long sleeve shirts with loose cuffs should not be worn in the Shop.
  11. Double-check that all tooling and work pieces are properly supported and clamped prior to starting the machine.
  12. Heavy or unwieldy work pieces often require special support structures or assistance from other members or Shop support. Always ask for help if you are unsure if your work piece requires additional support. #Remove chuck keys, wrenches, and other tools from machines after making adjustments. Chuck keys left in the chuck when the machine turns on become dangerous flying objects.
  13. Ask for help when moving awkward or heavy objects. This will protect you and those around you from injury.
  14. Always deburr sharp edges of freshly cut stock. This includes the piece of stock that goes back in the stock rack. Eliminating burred edges minimizes the chances for personal injury and marring of precision machine surfaces.
  15. Never start a conversation with someone who is using machinery. Always wait for them to complete their task before talking.
  16. Never attempt to squeeze behind someone while they are using machinery. Always stop and wait for them to complete their task before passing.
  17. Work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Rushing will compromise your safety and increases the chance of damaging equipment.
  18. Listen to the machine(s) — if something does not sound right, shut it down. Often if the machine sounds abnormal to you, it likely is not operating properly. Inform the Shop Manager if you believe the machine to be operating abnormally.
  19. If you do not know, or are unsure how to do something — ASK! Do not engage in any activity that you are not comfortable with. Trust your judgment. Check with the shop supervisor or another member who has more experience.
  20. Every member is responsible for keeping their keys and access codes secure. Immediately report the loss of keys or access cards to any GJMakerSpace Shop Manager, Executive Director or Board member. This will help us maintain security and ensure that no unauthorized person is using your keys or access codes. There will be a $5 replacement fee for all lost or stolen keys and codes.
  21. You are responsible for cleaning up after each project. Sweeping, wiping down machines, and cleaning off tables shows respect for other members coming in after you.
  22. Keep floors free of oil, grease or any other liquid. Members are responsible for keeping all work areas clean and free of debris.
  23. Please clean up spilled liquids immediately to prevent slipping hazards.
  24. All materials should be stored in such a way that they cannot become tripping hazards. Return all excess material to its proper storage place.
  25. All hazardous materials and chemicals must be properly stored in the locked cabinet at all times when not in use. Prior permissions are required to use and house such materials.
  26. Stay organized -putting tools away when not in use prevents loss and also makes them available to others.
  27. Don’t waste. Place all used scrap in marked containers.
  28. All work should stop 15 minutes prior to the time you need to leave the GJMakerSpace. This will provide ample time to clean and replace tools for the next member.

Electronics, Computing, & Networking Policy[edit]

  1. You agree that when using electronic, computing, or network devices (“Services”) owned by GJMakerSpace, or connected to its network, that you will not:
    1. Use the Services in connection with contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, junk email, spamming, or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).
    2. Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten, or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
    3. Publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, obscene, indecent, or unlawful topic, name, material or information on or through GJMakerSpace Services.
    4. Upload, or otherwise make available, files that contain images, photographs, software or other material protected by intellectual property laws, including, by way of example, and not as limitation, copyright or trademark laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consent to do the same.
  2. Use any material or information, including images or photographs, which are made available through the Services in any manner that infringes any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or other proprietary right of any party.
    1. Upload files that contain viruses, Trojan Horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer or property of another.
    2. Download any file(s) that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally reproduced, displayed, performed, and/or distributed in such manner.
    3. Restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Services.
    4. Violate any code of conduct or other guidelines, which may be applicable for any particular Service.
    5. Harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including email addresses, without the authorization or consent of the disclosing party.
    6. Violate any applicable laws or regulations by creating a false identity for the purpose of misleading others.

Personal Tools, Equipment, & Materials Policy[edit]

  1. Personal use tools, equipment, and materials are allowed to be brought into the GJMakerSpace facility. Any personal tools must be checked in by the Shop Staff to ensure safety and appropriateness.
  2. All personal use equipment, tools, and materials must be CLEARLY labeled with your name,phone and email address.
  3. Personal use tools, equipment, and/or materials may not be used by other members without the express permission of the owner.
  4. Any and all personal use tools, equipment, and materials must leave with the owner, unless otherwise permitted, or be secured in a private storage location.
  5. GJMakerSpace is not responsible for lost or stolen tools, equipment, or materials.

Workshop Attendance and Participation Policy[edit]


  1. Advance registration is necessary. Instructors, workshop times, and workshop dates are subject to change. If we reschedule a workshop to another date, attendees are entitled to a full refund. GJMakerSpace reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change workshop location and meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice. To register for a workshop, attendees must pay in full at the time of enrollment. To sign up after the registration deadline, please call to ensure enrollment is still open.

Withdrawals & Transfers[edit]

  1. In the event an attendee must withdraw from a workshop, he or she may do so any time before the registration deadline of the workshop, and will receive a 75% refund of workshop cost plus any equipment or material fees.  For certain workshops such as the Build Your Own 3D Printer class, materials are non-refundable as noted in the course description. Workshop enrollment is nontransferable: requesting to transfer to another section of the same workshop is considered a withdrawal. Withdrawals on or after the workshop registration deadline are not refundable and workshop fees are not transferable.  A credit of your enrollment fee may be issued for medically excused emergencies (with documentation) or family bereavement. Other than this, there will be no exceptions. Please give us advance notice to the extent possible.

Material & Equipment Fees[edit]

  1. Workshops that make use of tools or supplies will most likely require a material or equipment fee. This pays for in-workshop consumable items (e.g., drill bits, gas, wood, metal, etc.) and the upkeep of tools used for that specific workshop (saw sharpening, tool repair, welding tips, software updates). In some circumstances, attendees may also be required to purchase certain supplies on their own. This will be clearly indicated in the full online and displayed course descriptions.
  2. Missed Workshops & Lateness
  3. Missing the first day of a course may be grounds for withdrawal without refund. Please email us if you know you are going to miss the first day of a course. Advance notice may allow some sort of accommodation, such as a paid makeup session. However, GJMakerSpace is not obligated to offer complimentary makeup sessions outside workshop times or in concurrent or future course sections. Instructors are not obligated to catch attendees up during scheduled workshop time for missed sessions or excessive lateness.

If We Cancel or Reschedule a Workshop[edit]

  1. Most workshops offered at GJMakerSpace must have a minimum of 5 attendees registered in order for the workshop to commence. In the event a workshop does not receive sufficient enrollment, it may be cancelled. Attendees will be notified at least 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop. In the event of a cancellation, attendees will be refunded within 10 business days. If we reschedule a workshop to another date, attendees are also entitled to a full refund.
  2. GJMakerSpace reserves the right to change instructors without prior notification, and to change workshop meeting times by up to an hour with 48 hours prior notice.

Workshop Complaints[edit]

  1. At the conclusion of every workshop, attendees may receive an emailed evaluation request. We depend upon your feedback to help us improve our offerings. If you have any issue with a workshop you are currently enrolled in, please either raise your issue with the instructor at the end of the workshop meeting or email us. It is our general experience that most issues can be satisfactorily addressed before the workshop concludes. Complaint resolution may involve contacting the instructor and other attendees. All emailed comments will remain confidential upon request.