FAQ’s

Where is the Shed?

Now co-located with the Thurgoona Men’s Shed.

Corner of Corrys Road and Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona.

Or the Thurgoona location mud map may help:

Thurgoona location mud map

 

What do I need to bring?

Yourself.

If you have a specific project you wish to work on then bring that in as well. Please wear enclosed shoes and avoid ‘floaty’ clothing eg scarves, jewellery or anything that could get caught in equipment.

It’s often helpful to attend and look around to see what materials are available. Then work out if you require any additional materials for your specific project. You will then need to supply these items.

What is supplied by the Shed?

Drills, sanders, saws (eg mitre and table), hammers, files, screws, sandpaper, tape measures, wood (donated items and pallet wood), glues and more.

There is also a small library with a selection of books including DIY and maintenance, and novels.

Kitchen facilities – currently being upgraded.

If you have a specific project in mind, then tools will be available for use; however, materials will need to be supplied by you.

Do I have to be a member?

Yes. Membership is required.

It is membership that pays for the necessary insurance to cover you for accidental injury.

The introductory visit to see what the Shed is like and what facilities are available is open to anyone.

It is also ok to participate in some workshops without membership, eg mosaics where limited and specific tools are used.

If you decide to be a regular visitor to the Shed membership is necessary.

 

 

What does it cost?

Membership is $30 per year: 1 July to 30 June.

Session fee: $2 per visit to Shed.

Formal workshop fees will vary as they are calculated according to costs.

Our (Albury Women’s Shed) contribution to the running of the Thurgoona Men’s Shed is $20 per session. This contribution will be reviewed regularly and may be increased if costs increase, for example electricity or rent may increase in the future.

Why does it cost?

It is necessary to charge fees as running the Shed does cost for:

  •  insurance, essential for you peace of mind
  • the initial cost of equipment (saws, hammers, drills, sanders, vacuum cleaners etc)
  • replacement for breakages and parts (eg baseplate for palm sander)
  • hardware eg screws and sandpaper

 

What are the membership and session fees spent on?

Any fees collected all goes back to the Shed:

  • insurance to cover for any accidental injury as well as public liability
  • equipment eg drills, saws, vacuum cleaners
  • hardware eg sandpaper, screws, vacuum bags
When does the Women’s Shed move to the Men’s Shed?

Sessions are open to new members from Wed 19 February from 4.30pm.

We ask new members to attend initially on Wed evenings to attend an orientation and induction session, and receive instruction on use of tools. This may take a couple of evenings. Once this is done members can choose which session they attend in the future.

More members attend on Wednesdays and for the initial visits this will make it easier to show you around and to assist you with the tools.

Members are also asked to read the Health & Safety Information pack prior to attending. Available under FAQs: Health & Safety Information pack.

If you have any questions about this please call (0476 166 577) or email (alburywomensshed@gmail.com).

Are there any fund raising activities?

Fundraising: Bunnings BBQ once or twice a year. We have recently begun to consider stalls at the Sunday Rotary Markets and other markets in the area. Other ideas of fundraising and ways to implement the ideas are welcome.

Other sources: Government and non government grants have provided us with initial funds to get us off the ground. Local organisations and businesses have also been generous to provide assistance. Ongoing running costs will need to be sourced from the fundraising activities.

Any suggestions for sources of assistance are welcome.

We request assistance with these activities from members.

Who can come to the Women’s Shed?

All adult women are welcome at the shed! It is a supportive and welcoming environment where we share knowledge, skills and learn together.

We are a community where all members are accepted and embraced from all walks of life and age groups.

You are welcome to call in to see what we are about at any of the sessions.

It is necessary to be a member to use equipment as this ensures you are covered by insurance.

How can I help at the Shed?

Attending is important as it provides us with the motivation to continue the project.

Share any skills you have with other members.

Assist for an hour or two when we run the Bunning’s BBQ (Once or twice a year only)

Become a committee member.

Assist to maintain the Web Site and Facebook.

Or if you have a particular skill and would like to share let us know?

What do women make at the Shed?

Types of projects undertaken by members include: restoration of furniture; use pallet wood to make Adirondack chairs, planter boxes and coffee tables; shape birds, trees and dragonflies from wood using a band saw or scroll saw as gifts and decorations; native bee hotels; and mosaic table, pots and boards with designs of their choice.

The type of project is up to the individual.

If advice is required to complete a project there is normally someone who has information they are happy to share. We encourage members to be accepting and considerate of others projects.

What are the safety requirements at the shed?

Personal

Please avoid ‘floaty’ clothing that may get caught in machines. Wear closed toe shoes and please tie your hair back when using machines.

At the shed

PPE: Use personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, ear muffs/plugs and dust masks when operating machines. These items are better provided by individual members as they are quite personal items.

Safe operating of tools: Once you’re a member you’ll be introduced to the equipment through an orientation and induction process. Someone will be available to show you how to operate the different tools and answer questions.

What are the amenities and parking at the Shed?

Toilets: portaloos will be available while the upgrade to the new facilities is completed

Kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities basic crockery supplied – donation to cover the cost of hot drinks is requested. The facilities are in the process of being upgraded.

Parking is available within the grounds of the Thurgoona Men’s Shed. Enter through the gate and continue straight down the side of the building following the road around the end of the building to the parking area. Please with consideration to the other members need for parking space.

 

 

 

 

What is the Health & Safety Pack?

Information relating to Health & Safety at the Shed, please read prior to joining:

MEMBERS’ HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION PACK (Draft)

CONTENTS

Intro

Health and safety policy

Health and safety information

Work clothes

Hygiene

Use of Personal Protective Equipment

Machinery operations

Emergency procedures

Grievance procedures

General Shed Rules

Attending the Shed

New projects

Finishing for the day

Health and safety guidelines

Code of Conduct

 

As we are now sharing space with the Thurgoona Men’s Shed we have access to a purpose built facility that includes machinery and tools that are heavier to use and are new to us. We have taken on board advice provided by the Men’s Shed committee about the Health and Safety requirements. As a result we ask that all members, current and new, take the time to read this health and safety information pack.

We will also be implementing an orientation process which will include:

  • An induction : to introduce the Shed and how it runs
  • An orientation: to provide a tour of the premises to point out exits, fire extinguishers, emergency assembly point and other features.
  • Tools/machinery induction: a brief overview to introduce some of the equipment in the shed.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS

Welcome to ‘The Shed’. We hope you will find your time here rewarding and enjoyable.

You may have joined the Shed as a venue to meet other people, simply to chat and enjoy each other’s company or you may be interested in taking part in one or more projects which are being undertaken. You may also wish to bring projects along yourself.

Whatever the activity, the health and safety of all of the people who participate in activities in the shed is the most important responsibility that we all share.

 

  1. WORK CLOTHES – requirements for the Woodwork and Metalwork rooms

 

You are expected to come to the shed dressed in suitable clothing that does not pose a safety risk when working in the Woodwork or Metalwork areas. This includes:

  • Suitable enclosed leather footwear – thongs or open sandals are not appropriate.
  • Tough overalls or long leg trousers.
  • Comfortable shirt – long sleeves should either be buttoned at the wrist or rolled up in such a way that no loose ends can be caught in machinery or on protruding materials
  • Shirts should be tucked into trousers and there should be no loose clothing which could be caught in machinery- e.g. Cords of jackets etc.
  • Cap or other means to contain long hair such that it will not be caught in moving machinery.
  • Jewellery and glasses dangling on cords/chains should also be wrapped or removed.

 

  1. HYGIENE

Good personal hygiene will help reduce the risk of illness due to infections or contamination with hazardous substances that you may be exposed to.

  • ENSURE YOU WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING AND DRINKING
  • KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TETANUS SHOTS

 

  1. USE OF PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

We recommend that members’ supply their own PPE (personal protective equipment) rather than share dust masks, eye protection and ear plugs.

Examples of protective equipment to be used include:

  • Ear muffs or plugs where noise is a problem
  • A helmet for head protection (e.g. from falling objects)
  • Eye protection when working in the workshops
  • Dust mask when working with saws, grinders, sanders and when working with MDF
  • Goggles and special welding protective clothing in the Metalwork Shop
  • Good general work gloves should be worn when doing manual work
  • Hairnets or caps to prevent hair tangling in machinery
  • Protective clothing relevant to the job being done in the shed (equipment has information cards that lists the risks of use and recommended safety practice to reduce them)

 

  1. MACHINERY OPERATION/MAINTENANCE  
  • Do not operate machinery unless guards and/or safety devices are in place
  • If you are not familiar with a piece of equipment consult the Shed Co-ordinator before using it.
  • You should report to the Shed Co-ordinator all malfunctions or conditions likely to affect the safety of the operation which cannot be repaired before operation. This includes guards that are damaged or where there are exposed moving parts of machines causing safety hazards.
  • Whenever you remove a guard to undertake machinery maintenance or to clear a blockage you must turn off machinery at the power outlet first. Replace the guard at completion of repairs or before restarting the machine.
  • Seek assistance and report the problems to the Shed Co-ordinator.
  • All lifting equipment should be lowered to the ground when not in use.
  • PPE gear must be used as appropriate to suit activity being carried out, PPE gear to be supplied by member.
  • Visitors are not to use any equipment unless authorized to do so by the Shed Co-ordinator.
  • Any person, member or visitor deemed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be asked to leave the premises without delay.

 

NOTE      

  • DO NOT leave any machine running while you move away to perform another task.
  • STOP the machine before walking away.
  • When finished with the machine, turn it off at the power point.

 

  1. BEING READY FOR EMERGENCIES 
  • Inform the Shed Co-ordinator or one of the project co-ordinators if you are on any medication or you have an illness that may affect your work.
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, spill kits, and defibrillator.
  • Be aware of emergency exits and evacuation assembly area.

 

  1. GENERAL 

The law of this state requires that management provide a safe working environment and safe work systems.

 In order to help us meet these obligations you are expected to advise management of any safety hazards or problems that you come across. 

  • The same law requires that you must take care to ensure the health and safety of others who are on the premises including other workers, family or visitors.
  • You are also required to co-operate with our health and safety program and comply with the requirements to protect your own safety and the safety of others.
  • The law requires that the safety of visitors and contractors who enter the shed must have priority over all other considerations.

 

THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE IN THE SHED TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER ALL OTHER CONSIDERATIONS WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

  

  1. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

If unable to resolve an issue with another member, talk with the Shed Co-ordinator or a Committee Member.

 

GENERAL SHED RULES

ATTENDING THE SHED

    • If ever in doubt ASK!
    • When you arrive at the shed sign the ATTENDANCE BOOK and attend to the session fee.

 

  • If you do not have an activity to carry on with, advise the Shed Co-ordinator, she may be able to introduce you to a group or a project that you may like to join.
  • Please note: should you feel at any time that your skills level is not adequate to the activity being undertaken you should bring this to the attention of the Shed Co-ordinator.

 

Health and Safety comes first in the shed.

 

  • Should you prefer instead to have a coffee/tea and a chat to others at the Shed please feel free to do so – we would ask only that in the interests of safety that you do not interfere with any person operating machinery and that you do not take food and drink into the workshop working areas.

 

 

FINISHING FOR THE DAY  

  • When you are ready to leave for the day, please clean up the area in which you have been working.
  • Any pieces of rubbish should be put into the garbage bins, brush down any machinery you have used, sweep or vacuum up sawdust or other cutting debris in the area and

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT POWER TOOLS ARE TURNED OFF.

 

  • Hand tools should be placed back to their storage position.
  • Chemicals e.g. paint thinners, should be taken back to the chemical storage area – please do not leave on or under benches.
  • When you are satisfied that the area is being left in good condition, sign off in the attendance book.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDELINES  

  1. Follow and obey all instructions and safety signage for the workplace/shed.
  2. If in doubt, please ASK!
  3. Report immediately, to the Shed Co-ordinator (or representative), any practice which you think might cause damage to equipment or injuries to anyone in the shed or any condition which you consider to be a hazard.
  4. Whenever an accident or incident occurs, regardless of how minor, report and record it on the day of the occurrence by completing an Accident/Incident form. (Kept near sign on book).
  5. Use the correct tools and equipment for the activity being undertaken and use them in a safe operating manner. If in doubt, ASK!
  6. Do not adjust, alter or repair equipment unless authorised to do so, equipment failures should be brought to the attention of the Shed Co-ordinator (or his representative) without delay.
  7. Use approved personal protection equipment (PPE) as necessary for the activity being undertaken (Read the information sheets at each piece of equipment.).
  8. Keep PPE correctly maintained and in good working condition.
  9. Do not take unnecessary risks in the workplace- avoid distracting others while they are working – horseplay will not be tolerated at any time in the Shed.
  10. Use safe working practices for example when lifting or moving heavy objects – ALWAYS GET HELP WITH HEAVY LOADS.
  11. It is also your responsibility to work in a manner that does not endanger others.
  12. Know the emergency procedures, location of fire extinguishers and their use.
  13. Handle all chemicals with care – read the labels and follow the instructions – CHECK MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS.
  14. Always look out for hazards and remember to remove them, guard against them and warn others about them.

REMEMBER:     ELIMINATE     ISOLATE     MINIMISE     all hazards

 

KNOW WHO THE FIRST AID CERTIFICATE HOLDERS ARE

KNOW WHERE THE FIRST AID KITS ARE LOCATED

KNOW WHERE THE MATERIALS SAFETY DATA SHEETS ARE KEPT

GET FIRST AID PROMPTLY

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

Albury Women’s Shed Code of Conduct highlights the organisations core values.

Purpose of the Shed

Our Shed is a community-based, non-commercial organisation accessible to all women, providing a safe, friendly and healthy environment where women are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in their own time in the company of other women.

We provide a supportive environment for women of all ages to gather, volunteer, work, teach, learn and seek friendship with other like – minded women.

 

To achieve this, we will:

Maintain an open-door policy and will not reject any woman on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion or age although some special conditions may apply.

  • Restrictions may be placed on participation for physical safety reasons, if a member requires the assistance of a carer (to be provided by the participant) or if an individual is deemed a prohibited person.

Act in the best interests of the shed and not pursue personal agendas – think collectively, not individually.

Provide a safe physical environment, and a safe and supportive social environment.

Respect the rights and decisions of Members, and the confidentiality and privacy of Members.

 

The work environment in the Shed:

Members are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous manner to all other Shed users. This includes being considerate of other persons safety, need for space, tools, materials and equipment.

What’s happening with Covid-19?

11 July 2020:

We are opening to members again from Wed 15 July 2020. We are still required to abide by any regulations made by Government, Council, Insurance and Men’s Shed Association. The main one is to maintain appropriate social distancing and to have no more than 20 members on site at one time.

Remember to wash hands regularly and maintain 1.5 metre distance from other members.

30 May 2020:

As with everything and everyone else the Albury Women’s Shed has been affected by Covid-19.

Opening of the Shed to regular use is dependent on the information from the Federal Government, NSW Government, Australian Men’s Shed Association, Albury City Council and Thurgoona Men’s Shed.

Consideration has also to be given to physical distancing requirements and cleanliness of equipment and premises, as well as differing circumstances of members of both the Albury Women’s Shed and Thurgoona Men’s Shed.

We encourage members to download the Covid App.

Links to further information:

Federal Govt: https://www.australia.gov.au/

NSW Govt: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Australian Men’s Shed Association: https://mensshed.org/

AMSA Getting back to the Shed guide: https://mensshed.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/COVID-19-11-May-2020-SHED-RESOURCE-Getting-back-to-the-Shed.pdf

Albury City Council: https://www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Albury City Council are the owners of the premises, so Council approval is required prior to reopening.