Trainings and Security

Access to the SKIL building – Theoretical training

Since September 2022 and the opening of SPOT’s second prototyping space, a new procedure has been put in place to standardize the access procedures to the prototyping spaces for students.

Based on this, the process to receive access to SKIL is in two steps (1 online and 1 physical):

1. Follow and complete the new Training on Service now and select a valid project/course/option

The first part consists in following and validating the different parts of the general training presenting the issues related to computer resources, prototyping resources and the choice of your project in a portfolio (several projects can be selected).

To complete this training, you can go to the following link: (only available from Monday September 25th).

This training, and only this training, must be repeated every year. The SKIL safety tour (see point 2) below) and the online part on safety (moodle training part DLL Prototyping on need to be done only once during your studies at EPFL.

Be careful, each project has a validator who confirms if you are part of this group or not. For MAKE projects, it is the EPFL project coordinator, for courses it is a course assistant,… So please be careful when choosing the validator to avoid having to restart the training!
NOTE: If you are not part of a recognized project, you can choose “OTHER – Basic Training only”.

Congratulations, you have passed the first step. You can register for the SKIL safety visit below.

2. Follow a safety tour (30min) of the SKIL and sign the safety charter.

Prior to receiving CAMIPRO access to the SKIL infrastructure, users must follow a safety tour provided by one of the SKIL labmanagers: Stéphane Clerc, Marc Wettstein and Stéphane Pilloud. Registration can be done by following the page safety tour.

This short visit allows you to:

  • To highlight the safety rules specific to the SKIL space,
  • Discover the facilities as well as the SKIL team,
  • Sign the SKIL user charter to validate access (see the regulations below)

Use and access to equipment and tools – practical training(s)

Regarding equipment and tools, safety is ensured by following the recommendations of Suva, the Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund, and of the Safety, Prevention and Health Department at EPFL (DSPS). Three levels of safety have also been defined for the equipment:
A – Free use after the theoretical training

B – Practical training required before free use

C – Use under the supervision of the laboratory manager or a competent assistant student.

Please note that we work closely with the EPFL Department of Health, Prevention and Safety (DSPS) to set up standardised safety procedures at school level. The rules and training will therefore evolve in the coming months.

  1. Prior training is required to be authorized to use the workshop and its facilities:
    • Theoretical training (in three steps: 1) complete and pass the DSPS online basic training, 2) complete and pass the general training by choosing your project and 3) take a SKIL safety tour (30min) of the SKIL), including a reminder of emergency measures in case of accident (call no. 0216933000 at any time), information on the risks to which users are exposed and the measures to be taken to avoid them. After this training, students will receive their Camipro access to the SKIL.
    • Practical training on the different “orange or red” machines by SKIL managers (in groups of 10, training time specific to each machine).
  2. The user of the workshop machines presents his student card on request. If he has no card at that time, the person must leave the workshop.
  3. The use of the machines by persons outside EPFL is prohibited.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory: in particular safety glasses must be worn when using the machines. Please observe the instructions and wear the PPE specific to each machine.
  5. During unsupervised hours, a minimum attendance of 2 people is recommended.
  6. The “general safety rules” posted in the workshop (information board at the entrance) as well as those indicated on the SKIL website are an integral part of these rules. Users will be notified by email of any changes.
  7. The supervised schedule is posted at the entrance of the workshop and can be found on the SKIL website (it can be modified by the managers if necessary and on request).
  8. I notify the workshop staff of any damage or missing equipment.
  9. I make sure to keep the SKIL spaces clean after use.
  10. If these regulations or the “general safety rules” are not respected, the student may be denied access to the SKIL.

More information about security and trainings

Safety tour

The SKIL being a supervised space, it is necessary to make a safety visit in order to understand the dangers and the specificities of this space. This visit is organized in groups. To register for the visit, click here!

Practical training(s)

Once the theoretical training has been completed, it is possible to train on different SKIL machines. All the information can be found here!

Safety protection and signage

Security is important in such a space. Here you will find all information about the symbolism and safety rules of the SKIL.