Resources

Safety

Safety is very important not only at competitions, but also every day in your workshop. FIRST requires that all teams have a Safety Captain. This individual is responsible for making sure safe practices are followed at all times. At least once a year, team safety captains must make a presentation to their team about safety (why it is important and what are the best practices). 1816 does this during the fall pre-season before the build season. After the presentation, students must take and pass a safety quiz before they are allowed to work in the work shop.

The UL Safety Advisors Pick a Team as "#1 for Pit Safety" at Competitions

The UL Safety Advisors Pick a Team as "#1 for Pit Safety" at Competitions

The UL Safety Advisors Pick a Team as "#1 for Pit Safety" at Competitions

The UL Safety Advisors Pick a Team as "#1 for Pit Safety" at Competitions
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At competitions, UL safety advisors (in Red shirts and red-and-white vests) will be walking around the pits and the field to make sure all teams taking proper safety precautions. They will also ask you to talk about your team’s safety program. Here are some useful things to have on hand for your team’s safety interview.

Injury Log

One of the responsibilities of the safety captain is to keep track of all the injuries that happened throughout the build season. Be sure to document each incident (how it happened, how it was treated, why it happened, and how your team can prevent it in the future).

Safety Manual

Each year, FIRST publishes an official Safety Manual.

Safety Presentation

An easy way to talk about your safety program is by showing safety advisors the safety presentation your team sees each year. Here are Safety Presentations created and presented by Team 1816:

Safety Advisors in the 1816 Pit

Safety Advisors in the 1816 Pit

Safety Advisors in the 1816 Pit

Safety Advisors in the 1816 Pit
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Annual Safety Quiz

After the Safety Presentation, each student must take and pass a written Safety Quiz before they are allowed to work in the workshop. Here are a few sample Quizzes:

MSDS Sheets

Every chemical you have in your pit must have an accompanying MSDS sheet. FRC 2062 CORE Robotics has several common MSDS sheets available for download.

1816 Members Help Run a Safety Glasses Station at North Star

1816 Members Help Run a Safety Glasses Station at North Star

1816 Members Help Run a Safety Glasses Station at North Star

1816 Members Help Run a Safety Glasses Station at North Star
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Other Important Safety Items

Other important safety items to have in your workshop and at competitions include:

First Aid Kit & List of Emergency Contact Numbers

Fire Extinguisher

Battery Disposal Kit (baking soda, disposable gloves, plastic container, eye wash)

Other Useful Links for Safety

FRC 1710 The Ravonics Revolution (World Championship UL Safety Award winners 2011) publishes thorough safety handbooks each year for teams to use.

FRC 538 Hauppauge Eagle Robotics lists many good safety resources for workshops and for competitions.