Access and Safety Policies

With seven stories of equipment and tools from which to choose, Sears think[box] has a lot to offer—but, without proper training, visitors could be at risk if attempting to use certain machines. Please be aware of our policies relating to access and safety at our facility. 

Access Levels

To mitigate risk, all equipment and tools are categorized by “access levels.” Access levels vary as follows: 

  • Access Level 1 (No instructions required): Equipment at this level does not require assistance and presents no risk to users. Examples include computers and printers.
  • Access Level 2 (Submit your job online): Equipment at this level is run by Sears think[box] staff as a service. Examples include our 3D Printing Services and PCB Routing Services
  • Access Level 3 (Follow online tutorials): Equipment at this level requires instruction to use safely and properly as documented on its corresponding equipment page on our site. Examples include our laser cutters and the vinyl cutter.
  • Access Level 4 (Follow standard operating procedures): Equipment at this level may cause minor injuries if used improperly, so users must consult with think[box] staff for instruction. Examples include sharp or powered hand tools, power drills and hand saws. 
  • Access Level 5 (Attend training or operate under supervision): Equipment at this level could cause major injuries if used improperly. Training and certification is required and can be scheduled online, or you can consult with a member of the think[box] staff for supervision. Examples include stationary machine tools, mills and lathes.

Ability Badges 

Ability badges must be worn in order to access Floor 4, the Lubrizol Foundation and Kent H. Smith and Kelvin Smith Fabrication Floor. Badge training sessions are available on request on this floor and take about 10 minutes to complete. The training covers instruction on proper apparel and machine shop policy, a machine shop access agreement, and a brief tour of the facility. 

Safety Measures 

To ensure your safety when you visit Sears think[box], please be aware of the following measures.

Shop Dress Code

Proper apparel instructions are posted throughout the facility to ensure safety in machine shop environments. Individuals must leave and return in proper apparel if a member of the think[box] staff states their apparel is incompliant. 

Safety Data Sheets

At Sears think[box], we believe you have a right to know about the safety of the materials you use when operating different equipment. Safety Data Sheets (SDS) information for stocked materials can be found in the “Right To Know” center near the front door on Floor 3 of our facility.