In AIRLab, resources (i.e., tools and materials) are colour-coded: green, orange or red. Colour determines what you must do before and after use of the resource.

What you must do before use

Green resource: nothing. Just take it and use it.

Orange resource: ask your supervisor for permission. All methods are OK (including speech), but you need explicit permission.

Red resource: arrange for your supervisor’s physical presence. You cannot use the resource on your own.

What you must do after use

Whatever the colour of the resource (green, orange, red):

  • Put it back in its correct place (even if you found it elsewhere). If you don’t know the place, ask.
  • If it is a consumable(*) write an email specifying the remaining quantity.
  • If it is damaged(**) write an email describing the problem (photos help). If the damage makes it dangerous (e.g., damaged power cord), hide it so nobody can get hurt.

Emails must be sent to to and have a subject beginning with [AIRLab]

(*) Anything that reduces in quantity with use is a consumable. Examples: M5x20 screws; tin lead; masking tape; vynil glue; yellow LEDs; servo gears; Post-Its; EEG electrodes; wood panels; cables; cloth; AAA batteries; black markers; saw blades; aluminium profiles; acrylic sheets; cable shrink wrap; paint.
(**) Also applies when you damaged it (it happens! Don’t worry).

Special cases

  • For nested containers with different colour codes, the code of the innermost one prevails. E.g.: the contents of an orange box stored in a green cabinet are orange.
  • Resources which are not colour-coded should be considered as green.

Container map

Large containers (e.g. cabinets) are numbered. Below is a map of their locations in the lab.