Bit of backstory (as I understand it).
We have had angle grinders in the space before, which had no practical restrictions on their use. As a result, many of them were misused, and broken. One was broken to the point where the manufacturer didn’t understand how a tool could be so badly misused.
Angle grinders can be very, very dangerous tools. When misused, they are especially dangerous.
As a result, we removed angle grinders from the space at some point last year. However, some members have asked about using them. So the question is: how do we allow angle grinders to be used safely in the hackspace?
@Fnhalluk took a valuable first step by creating a risk assessment. I have recently reviewed that and have made some notes about changes.
I feel (just my opinion) that if a user can show that they understand the controls to put in place, they could be allowed to use a grinder. I think it would be possible to do this in the form of an online quiz, meaning an in-person training session wouldn’t be necessary.
So my proposed solution would be:
- Angle grinder risk assessment is finalised
- Information about angle grinder safety and risk assessment are added to the grinder tool page, along with a video (this one is the best I have found)
- User completes quiz about grinder safety. I have been speaking to the digital team about this, and the quiz can be crated in Google forms.
- Once user achieves a pass mark, they get the code to the angle grinder padlock. I believe this can be automated, but it’s fairly easy to manually mark a user as trained once the quiz is complete. It just requires more manual steps.
This digital quiz format might be a good option for some of our lower risk tools which nevertheless require some level of control.
I’m happy to crack on with this process and would appreciate people’s thoughts. I’ll need reviewers and testers for the quiz once that is created as well.