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Rules of Conduct

All use of Swansea Hackspace facilities and services requires that you adhere to the following rules, breech of these rules may result in disciplinary action, upto and including removal of access, or termination of membership.

These rules are in addition to, and do not replace or override those set down in our Constitution.


These items are taken from Space.HealthAndSafety, which should also be read and followed.

  1. Per the advice of Nottingham Hackspace: Do Not Be On Fire
    • This includes not smoking or vaping within the building or near the entrance
    • More generally, read and abide by the Fire Safety policy and risk assessment
  2. Warning notices are there for your safety, heed them.
  3. Do not use any machines or tools unless you are sure that you know how to do so safely.
    • If an induction is required before using equipment, you must not use that equipment without being signed off for that induction.
  4. If you see someone working in an unsafe way, it is your duty to stop them and let them know.
  5. Do not defeat or hack safety features/equipment. This is for other people's safety as much as yours.
  6. Do not sleep in the space. The Hackspace is a shared work area, not your personal workspace, lounge, or bedroom
  7. You are forbidden from doing anything that is illegal under the current laws of England & Wales.
  8. If in doubt, please ask.


  • Do not treat the Hackspace like your home, it is a shared space.
  • Do not break, or otherwise interfere with someone else's project without their permission
  • If something is broken, fix it if you can do so safely.
    • If you can't fix it, tell the directors ASAP.
  • If you're doing something major, ask the mailing list or Discord first.

Personal Items

  • Members are allowed to store personal items in the space, but they must be kept in one of the plastic boxes, labelled with your name. One box per member.
  • Larger/more items may be allowed, but please note that space is limited. You must get permission from a director first, and items should be clearly labelled with your name and the date they will be removed by.

Donating, Loaning, or Borrowing Items

  • Carefully consider the true usefulness of an item before bringing it to the space. Disposal requires effort and space is limited. Seek permission for large items.
  • If you're leaving something and you would rather it was not mercilessly ripped apart, please label it accordingly.
  • Likewise, if something looks expensive or useful please don't mercilessly rip it apart without asking first.
  • Don't remove tools from the space without asking the mailing list or Discord first.
  • All donations become property of Swansea Hackspace, and may be used or disposed of as benefits the group, if you don't want this to happen then please clearly signify that it is a loan.


  • Workbenches should be completely clean when you leave - be considerate for the next user. Please put tools back where you found them.
  • Please wash and return any cups, plates or cutlery that you use.
  • Any items left on a workbench overnight become fair game. Put your stuff back in your box.
  • If you have engaged in any waste generating activity (e.g. peeling wires), hoover the spot.
  • Please do not bring bikes into the space unless you are working on them, they take up too much room.


  • If you think something should be thrown out, put it in the box of shame for disposal at the following Hack the Space event
  • If something is too big to fit in the box of shame, you should probably post to the list or ask on Discord about it.
  • If you want to throw something away which looks useful, make sure the mailing list or Discord is informed well in advance.


See also Space.Access

  • All members, once they have completed their mandatory Membership Induction Course may purchase a keyfob from the directors which operates the lock on the front door when a key holder is on site.
  • Members in good standing after their third month may apply to become a key holder, which permits them 24hr access to the space after completing a keyholder induction.
    • The request should be made to the directors, and must be accompanied by nominations from two other members that second the application.
    • There is a £5 fee to issue or reissue a keyfob, and their usage may be subject to further restrictions as and when deemed necessary by the directors.

Closing Up

  • If you are the last person to leave the space it is your responsibility to ensure all windows are closed, lights are off, and the space is secured behind you.
  • A key holder must be present when the shutters are open, and it is the last leaving keyholders responsibility to ensure that the premises is empty of persons and the doors, windows, and shutters are secured before they leave site.


  • If you continually annoy or endanger others by ignoring these rules, the directors have the right to impose sanctions up to and including restricting access to the space or termination of membership in accordance with the constitution.
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