The Hive is a maker space and it is a community. Whether you are working alone, with a partner, as a group or at a class, there are ways we can act and treat each other that will help to strengthen our community and also help to keep The Hive in good working order. Everyone who comes to The Hive must read, sign and agree to follow The Hive Code while here.

Respect

At The Hive, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), ability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our members and we do not tolerate hate speech or aggressive behavior.

Safety

Working safely is of utmost importance to the ongoing success of The Hive. Use only the tools you’re signed off to use. Keep yellow walkways free of furniture, tools and materials at all times. Be aware of the locations and functions of safety features, including the 911 phone, first aid kit and fire extinguishers. Wear proper work attire, including closed-toed shoes. Avoid loose or drapey clothing and jewelry, and use eye and ear protection when working with power tools.

Purpose

Everyone who enters The Hive has a reason to be there and is allowed to be there because they are participating in a class or workshop, have a paid membership or are the guest of a paid member using a guest pass.

Ready & Able

Check in with yourself every time you walk through the door to make sure you are ready and able to work at The Hive. Some questions to consider: Am I in the right state of mind to work today? Am I prepared to participate in the necessary give-and-take of a community space? Am I under the influence of any substances that may interfere with my ability to carry out my work safely, or that may interfere with others’ ability to work? Am I able to work independently? If not, have I made a plan to bring an assistant who will help me to do so?

Accountability

Maintain open communication at all times between you, The Hive staff and the other members working in the space. Take responsibility for yourself and for the consequences of your actions. Ask if you don’t know how to use something, or if you need assistance or an extra pair of hands in order to do your work safely. Did something break while you were using it? Please tell us so we can work to resolve the issue.

Awareness

Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Move through the space calmly, use cell phone etiquette, avoid unnecessary distractions to the other people using the space, keep headphones at a volume where you can hear what’s going on around you.

Tools

Members of The Hive may use the majority of our tools without special training or sign-off. We expect that anyone using our tools is always doing so safely and correctly.

Some tools at The Hive are locked, which means they require training and sign-off before they may be used. This fact is clearly labeled on each locked tool. Use only the tools you are signed off to use.

You are welcome to bring your own tools to use at The Hive. In doing so, you release The Hive from all responsibility for damage, breakage or injury that may occur to you or your tools. It is also your choice whether to share those tools with others while you are here. If another member uses your tools, s/he also releases The Hive from all responsibility for that use, including damage, breakage or injury.

There are some tools that are not appropriate for use at The Hive. If you are asked to refrain from using such tools, you agree to do so both at the time of the request and in the future.