3D printer Assessment

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Risk Assessment: 3D Printer (SLA + FDM) 
  

Revision Date: 2018-10-03 DRAFT



Assessors: Andrew Smithson, Jim Allanson

Scope: This risk assessment is to cover use of the 3D printers (SLA + FDM) at Teesside Hackspace by members, visitors, or any other people who may enter the space.



Hazard Who might be harmed and how? Control measures Action, by whom and due date
Fumes Members and those visiting the site may breath potentially harmful fumes
  • Printers in large open space, plastic is heated to melting point not burning point in quantity, rate of melting plastic is slow allowing fumes to disperse.
  • SLA resins to be stored in sealed containers
  • SLA printer to have cover on at all times other than when necessary to remove prints, set up the printer or performa maintenance. For time intensive (>5minutes) maintenance tasks the resin should be removed from the machine.
Trapped fingers / hands Members and those visiting the site may touch moving parts causing hurt to hands
  • Printer does not have high torque, damage to person will be limited
  • No one to not put hands (or any object) within the working space of the printer whilst it is printing.
  • Signage on printers
Burns Members and those visiting the site may touch hot parts causing hurt to hands
  • Signage on printers
  • Training, not to touch hotend/ heat bed whilst powered/ heated. Heatbed temperature is sub
Damage to hands during maintenance tasks Members may cause damage to hands during maintenance tasks
  • Machine not to be actively moving during maintenance
  • Where practicable machine not to be powered during maintenance
Getting resin in hands Members may get resin on hands when changing the resin or removing parts or performing maintenance on the SLA printer potentially leading to ingestion.
  • Nitrile gloves to be worn when the changing the resin or removing parts or performing maintenance on the SLA printer
Spillages of resin Members may get resin on themselves or others when changing the resin or removing parts or performing maintenance on the SLA printer potentially leading to ingestion.
  • Paper towel and nitrile gloves to be available when dealing with resin to mop up in the event and an incident, if they aren’t available dont do tasks with the resin.
UV exposure UV exposure to eye of members or visitors
  • Cover to be in place when using