YUKONSTRUCT COMMUNITY POLICIES

Be Kind & Respectful 

Yukonstruct has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination, harassment, or bullying of any kind. Our priority is to ensure our space is a community where all people know they are included, accepted, and safe. Staff and members are expected to abide by the community policies, which prohibit discriminatory, abusive, or demeaning behavior. Any individual not following the community policies may be barred from the NorthLight building.

Northlight and Yukonstruct Access Privileges 

Access to the NorthLight building and Yukonstruct services are a privilege and not a right. Our staff and board reserve the right to deny or terminate access to the NorthLight and/or Yukonstruct services to any individual in any of the following instances:

  • Community policies are not respected;
  • The safety of Yukonstruct staff or users becomes a concern; or
  • The safety or integrity of our shared spaces or assets are damaged or jeopardized. 
Security 

As a shared space that permits 24/7 members, we rely on everyone to help us keep our space secure. Please report any safety concerns to staff immediately, and ensure that during closed hours, doors are shut securely behind you. After hours, please do not let in people that you do not know, all 24/7 members have key fobs for access.

INCIDENTS AND NEAR MISSES

Report all incidents and near misses to staff. 

Emergency Protocol

CALL 911. First aid kits are located next to every exterior door in Makespace. Fire extinguishers are located in all Makespace workshops. In Cospace, Fire extinguishers are located by the front door and in the kitchen, and the first aid kit is in the kitchen.

Firearms

No fully assembled firearms or ammo are permitted in Northlight.

MAKESPACE COMMUNITY POLICIES

PPE (Personal Protection Equipment)

Appropriate PPE must be used for each tool, as taught in the orientation. The metal shop and wood shop require closed toed shoes, safety glasses, tied back hair, and no loose clothing. Non-melting clothing is required in the metal shop.

ALCOHOL, DRUG, and other substances

We have a zero tolerance policy on impairment due to alcohol, drugs, or any other circumstance that would render your judgement impaired. Staff reserve the right to refuse service to any impaired individual. 

Guests

Guests are allowed to visit the space with members, but they must sign a guest liability form (available at the front desk). Guests cannot touch or use any of the tools or equipment. They must also use the appropriate PPE when in the shops. If a guest breaks these rules, their guest privileges will be revoked. 

Pets

Makespace is dog friendly as long as your pet is also relaxed and friendly. Dogs must be house trained and not bother other dogs and members. You are responsible for the behavior of your pet. Dogs are not permitted in the metal or wood shops.

Youth

Anyone using equipment (regardless of age) has to be a member. If a youth comes to watch a member they must sign a guest liability form. Members 18 and under are not allowed in the shop without direct supervision. 

Broken Equipment and Lockout

It is everyone’s responsibility to lock out any tool that is broken, not working properly, or needs repair. Yellow boxes and locks that lock out the plugs of the machines are located in the main makespace area, on the wall next to the laser cutter exhaust. 

Please lockout the plug, give the key to staff and alert staff of the problem.

Steps Required to Use the Space

Tools in the shops can only be used by members who have completed the following steps:

  • Completed the necessary safety orientations
  • Are wearing the appropriate PPE
  • Have signed a liability form 
Flammable Materials in the Shops

No flammable materials are allowed in the metal or woodshops. This includes aerosols and other combustible materials. Spray adhesive is allowed in the light woodworking shop.

No Painting or Staining in the Shops

Painting and staining of projects is not allowed in the shops at any time. During the summer season painting is only allowed outdoors. Otherwise painting must take place in the paint shed in the loading bay for staining and painting projects. 

Storage

The only free storage at Makespace is the 24-hour glue-up shelf in the light wood working shop, and the “dirtbag” storage rack outside in the yard, where members are permitted to leave their pieces for one month. Otherwise members are expected to be paying for a storage option, or take their items home with them. We cannot accommodate free, indefinite storage in the space due to the materials and projects left behind scenario deteriorating rather rapidly. 

Volume Protection

The Makespace is not designed for volume production of goods and products. If you are considering producing high volumes of products, and thus putting heavy use on a particular machine while also monopolizing it from other member use, please contact staff to discuss your options.

Borrowing of Tools

Tools in the space are never to leave the Makespace site. 

Solo Use

Members must never use any tools with motorized blades or high temperatures unless there is staff or another member at the Makespace. A guest liability form is available to bring a guest in this case. Please talk to staff for details.

COSPACE COMMUNITY POLICIES

Noise 

Our goal is to foster a space that is productive, yet lively. Our community is built upon the importance of connections and collaboration. Cospace does not promise or aim to be a quiet space. We welcome respectful conversations, and encourage a collaborative workspace. We ask that prolonged phone calls or loud conversations are moved to a phone booth or a meeting room to respect your working neighbours.

Music

We play music in our front reception area, the cafe, and our shared kitchen, at a reasonable level from 9 am to 5 pm. 

Kitchen & Shared Spaces

We keep our membership prices low, and our shared space clean, by asking all members to help. We ask that all members ensure shared resources, like the kitchen, microwave, fridge, or printing area are kept clean. The fridge will be cleared out every Friday afternoon. 

Dogs

We love dogs. To keep Cospace dog friendly, please follow the rules! Dogs need to be quiet, calm, and have no issues with people or other dogs. Dogs that cause disturbance to other members are not permitted. Please keep your dog on a leash or by your side at all times. Respect other members by ensuring your dog does not roam free. Dogs are not allowed on furniture.

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms are booked first come first serve. Please don’t use the meeting rooms as personal workspaces, they are for calls or meetings only. Are the meeting rooms full and you need a last minute room? Don’t hesitate to ask a staff member, we might be able to find one for you. Meeting rooms can be booked for a maximum of 4 hours a day. Bookings over 4 hours are charged at an hourly member rate. 

Security 

As a shared space that permits 24/7 members, we rely on everyone to help us keep our space secure. Please report any safety concerns to staff immediately, and ensure that during closed hours, doors are shut securely behind you. After hours, please do not let in people that you do not know, all 24/7 members have key fobs for access. 

Lights…action

Cospace lights are always on from 9am to 5pm.

Bathroom Locks

In order to keep our members and property safe, we must keep the washrooms in Cospace locked between 5PM – 9AM. The washrooms in the foyer of NorthLight are always open and available for members to use.

Quiet Hot Desking

As much as possible, we open the front event space for quiet hotdesking. To see if the space is available, you can check the calendar to the left of the garage door, or ask a staff member.

Front Desk Expectations

Our front desk staff are awesome, multi-talented, and multi-tasked people (again helping to keep those membership fees low!). They do a lot to keep the space running, like cleaning and giving tours, so they may not always be at the front desk. If you have a guest coming please plan to meet them. If staff are present, they are more than happy to help direct your guests.

Events

We like to host events! We try to limit events to the enclosed front event space, but larger events may be noisy or disruptive. We aim to keep these events to evenings and weekends, and we commit to giving our members notice of any large events that may be disruptive. 

Suggestions and Concerns

Do you have suggestions or concerns? There are many ways you can share with us. The first is on our suggestions chalkboard. You can always talk or email with any of our staff at all times. Our Operations Director is always happy to sit down and discuss any issues in person.

CONTACT US

NORTHLIGHT INNOVATION
  2180, 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse
  (867) 457-0150
  [email protected]

HOURS OF OPERATION
NorthLight Innovation
Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm
Makespace
Wed – Sun: 1pm to 9pm
Cospace
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm

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