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Handbook & Safety


The Association is established to be a charity whose purpose is to advance the health of the community by providing opportunities for socially isolated people or people with emotional, mental, or physical health issues to work on projects and interact with other like-minded people in a supportive shed environment in the local community.

In order to achieve this the Association will:

  1. Provide a physical location and Membership opportunities for people in the Twin Rivers area where they can work together, exchange ideas, experiences and find support, while undertaking charitable activities that benefit the broader community.

  2. To support local men and women to be happy and healthy and to contribute to the local community.

  3. To develop and share skills within a supportive and safe environment.

  4. To encourage men and women in the Twin Rivers Community to develop new relationships


The constitution with all the association's rules is available by contacting the Secretary.

The handbook of rules is below.


  • We hope that you find your time here enjoyable and rewarding. The Twin Rivers Men’s Shed is committed to providing and maintaining a friendly environment for all members and visitors.

  • ALL Members and Supervisors share a Duty of Care to assist in identifying and rectifying any hazards.

  • The Twin Rivers Men’s Shed will provide training in the use of equipment as required.

  • The Twin Rivers Men’s Shed expects all members and visitors to observe and practice methods to ensure that no action or inaction on their part causes harm or hazard to any other person.

Your day at the shed

  • When you arrive at the shed you should sign the Attendance Book

  • A $2 attendance fee per person per day is levied to cover coffee, teas, etc.

  • If you do not have an activity to carry on with, a Committee Member may be able to introduce you to a group or a project that you may like to join.

  • Should you feel at any time that your skill level is not adequate to the activity being undertaken, you should bring this to the attention of the project leader or committee Member.


New projects

  • If you have an idea or a new project that you would like to introduce to the shed, discuss it with a Committee Member. Include in the discussion as many details as possible such as materials required, machinery/tools needed, manpower required when the project is to start and when it is proposed to finish, as well as any other details that may be relevant. The project can then be reviewed by the Committee and advice and feedback are given.

  • Do not start a project without prior approval.

  •  Do not use steel, timber, and other materials unless they have been first allocated to your project.


Finishing for the day

  • When you are ready to leave for the day, clean up the area in which you have been working.

  • All rubbish should be placed in the garbage bins.

  • Clean the tools and machinery you have used.

  • Hand tools and power tools should be placed back in the store.

  • Loose power leads should be coiled and returned to the correct place.

  • Chemicals-eg paint, thinners should be taken back to the chemicals storage area.

  • When the area is clean and tidy, please sign off in the attendance book as you leave.


Accidents and incidents

  • Report immediately any practice that you think may cause damage to equipment or injuries  to anyone in the shed or any condition that you consider to be a hazard.

  • Whenever an accident or incident occurs, regardless of how minor, report and record it on the day of occurrence in the Shed Accident/Incident Register.

  • Do not take unnecessary risks in the workplace – avoid distracting others while they are working.

  • Always get help with heavy items. Use lifting equipment.

  • Know the location and how to use fire extinguishers.

  • Know where the first aid kits are located, and how to use them.


Protective clothing

  • Some protective clothing is provided for members' use.

  • Use as appropriate and keep them clean and in good order.

  • Please advise a Committee member if protective gear is damaged, is not available or you are having difficulty in using the equipment provided.

  • Ear Muffs/ ear plugs to be used in noisy areas.

  • Eye protection to be used where there are loose particles.

  • Dust masks to be used when dust being created.

  • Welding mask and special welding protection to be used when welding.



  • Only use tools that you are competent with. If in doubt, ask for assistance.

  • Use the correct tools for the process being undertaken. Ask if unsure.

  • Do not adjust or repair tools unless competent to do so. Check with your supervisor. Damaged or broken tools should be immediately brought to the notice of the supervisor, and taken out of service. Record this in the Faulty tools Register.

  • Any tools or equipment brought onto the Association's premises or used in the Association's activities shall be subjected to scrutiny by a Committee member before being used. If deemed unsuitable, they must be removed from the site immediately. 


Machinery operation

  • Do not operate machinery unless guards and /or safety devices are in place.

  • If you are not familiar with a piece of machinery, read the operating instructions and talk to a Supervisor before commencing.

  • Should any machinery or equipment become jammed or cease to function appropriately, do not under any circumstance seek to clear the obstruction or attempt to fix the problem without first turning the power to the machine off, and rendering it safe. Report the problem to the Supervisor or a Committee member.

  • See the Supervisor or a Committee member for keys to machinery, locked guards or covers.

  • Lifting equipment must be lowered to the ground or secured when not in use.

  • Do not leave machinery running while you move away to perform another task. Stop the machine before walking away. 

Machinery maintenance

  • All machinery malfunctions or damage must be reported to the Supervisor or Committee Member, and recorded in the Faulty Tool/Equipment Register.

  • Machine maintenance should only be carried out by persons with the appropriate training and experience.

  • Ensure power to the machine is turned off prior to maintenance commencing.



  • Handle all chemicals with care.

  • Only use chemicals that you are competent to handle. If unsure, ask.

  • Read labels and follow instructions.

  • Check material data Safety Sheets for additional information.

  • Chemicals should be stored in the chemical storage area. Wear protective gear/clothing /gloves/masks as appropriate.



  • It is your responsibility to inform your Supervisor or a Committee member if you are on any medications that may affect your ability to work.

  • Know where the first Aid kits and fire extinguishers are located.

  • You must advise the Supervisor if you are intending to work off-site at a designated Shed Project. This should be recorded in the Attendance Register.

  •  Know who is your Health and Safety representative and who is your first-aid Members ( Refer to Notice Board in Shed.)

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