2014 Safety Seminar

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Edina Robotics FIRST® Team 1816
The Green Machine
2014 Safety Seminar
Erika D., 1816 Safety Captain
General
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Safety is a core value of FRC
Think ahead
Communicate
Clean up after yourself
Sleep and eat well
• Background checks for volunteers
• Adult-student ratio
• 1816 doesn’t publish students’ last names online/in media
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PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
• Safety Glasses
– In the workshop, pit, and playing/practice fields
– Anywhere that there’s a powered-on robot (driving,
programming, wiring; in the hallway, commons, etc.)
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Shoes (closed-toe and closed-heel)
Long pants
Tied-back long hair
No loose clothing
Gloves if necessary
Hearing protection if necessary
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Hand Tools
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Don’t use a tool if it’s broken
Use the right tool
Know how to use the tool safely
Work on a stable surface, not on your hand or in the air
Watch out for blades (boxcutters, etc)
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Power Tools
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Don’t distract
Don’t be distracted
Don’t use it if it’s broken
Plan what you’re going to do
Know how to use the tool
Have a mentor present
Do not leave a tool unattended while it’s on
Don’t leave hot/dangerous items where people can touch them
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Lifting the Robot
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Make sure nobody’s working on the robot
Make sure the robot is off
Communicate
Wear gloves
Keep a good grip
Lift with your legs, not with your back
Don’t twist; if you have to turn, then turn with your feet
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Robot
• Don’t put your hands in the robot while it’s on
• Don’t work on the robot if it’s on an unstable surface
• Let out compressed air, turn off robot and relieve other
sources of energy before working on it
• Have people stand back before it’s powered on
• Don’t drive too close to people
• Notify people before enabling
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Batteries
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They contain sulfuric acid
Do not use a dropped battery
Do not use a battery that looks damaged (check before using)
Check battery wires
– Tight connection
– Well insulated
• Do not pick up a battery by the wires (pick it up by the case)
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Batteries
• If a battery leaks/explodes
– Battery disposal kit
• Chemical Safety Gloves
• Bicarbonate of soda
• Leak-proof container
– Notify mentor and safety captain
– Get medical assistance (if needed)
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Workshop
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PPE
Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit
Ventilation
Emergency Contact Binder (with Mentor)
Know how to use tools
No running/horseplay
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Competitions/FIRST Events
• Pit
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PPE
Clean and organized
Keep aisles clear
Kids 12 and under should have a person 18+ with them
Do not daisy chain power strips
• Report any injuries to the Pit Administration Supervisor
• No running/horseplay
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Travel
• Cell Phones
– Have team contacts
– Keep it on and charged
• Buddy System
• Curfew
• Respect others
• Do not give out a team member’s number to a non-teammember
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Communicate
• If an accident happens or almost happens, tell a Mentor, the
Build Lead, or the Safety Captain
• If you see something that isn’t safe, tell the Safety Captain
• If there’s a broken tool, tell someone
• Before moving the robot, make sure everyone knows where
it’s going
• Before turning on the robot, make sure people know it’s being
turned on
• When in doubt of the safety of a situation, ask
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Think Ahead
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Before moving the robot, plan out where you’re moving it
Before using a tool, plan out what you’re going to do
Before leaving a tool, make sure it’s not an unattended hazard
If you’re not doing anything, don’t hang around the
pit/workshop
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Animations/Resources
• There are many safety animations made by FIRST teams.
These and other safety resources can be found online at
www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/safety-video-and-manual
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