The goal of Team 1676 is to operate in a safe manner achieved through safety education, safety practices and personal responsibility.
The Safety Sub-Division oversees team safety and enforces rules. They are tasked with:
- Managing tool certifications.
- Instructing team members and mentors on steps to take in emergency situations.
- Teaching team members how to safely use power tools.
- Maintaining First Aid kits and “Bug-Out-Bag” (The Bug-Out-Bag is a portable First Aid Kit the team brings to all events and competitions, which contains materials used in any given emergency situation).
- Advocating for safety in their school district and the FIRST community.
- Participating in weekly safety meetings to review.
- Enforcing basic safety rules and proper safety practices.
Safety Captain and Safety Advisors
Prior to Build Season, the team’s Safety Captain appoints Safety Advisors from different Sub-Divisions that are responsible for enforcing rules on their specific division. Every week, the Safety Captain and Advisors participate in Safety Meetings to recap the events of that week, ways to improve safety on each division and overall team safety.
Before every work session of Build Season, the team’s Safety Captain discusses safety topics to improve upon, encouraging a safety-conscious work environment.
The Safety Captain is responsible for maintaining the team’s Machine Qualification Chart, the Injury Chart, and the team’s Safety Binder, which includes the FRC Safety Manual. Also included in the binder are the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets), list of team members, any ailments or other necessary health information, safety contracts for Pit Crew, as well as other materials. The Safety Binder is in the pit at all competitions and available for reference. The Safety Captain is also responsible for maintaining the team’s First Aid Kits and Bug-Out-Bag.
All team members are responsible for taking their certification exams, following the rules on their safety contracts, and reporting any safety issue.
Team 1676 is constantly working to improve its safety practices. Safety serves as a cornerstone, vital to the team’s success.
The Pi-oneers foster an environment of safety awareness both in and out of the workshop. To ensure overall team safety, upon joining the team students must sign a safety contract, stating they will uphold all safety rules enforced by the team. Team members are required to pass a Safety Knowledge Test and obtain tool certifications. In addition to this, students are issued a pair of safety glasses to enforce the practice of safety in all areas of work.>
The Safety Captain gives a presentation during Pi-Tech Academy discussing the team’s safety curriculum to instruct students on proper safety practices. Potential team members are tested on the information presented during Pi-Tech. Passing both written and practical exams earns one a place on the team.
Safety Posters with safety information are displayed around the workshop and in front of tools, reinforcing basic safety rules, specific tool information, the 5S, and a tape certification key.
The Safety Sub-Division developed the content for a safety animation, highlighting basic safety procedures used during both build season and competitions.
Safety education is not limited to robotics. The Pi-oneers try to implement safety into other areas of the schools in their district. Team 1676 collaborates with the Theater Program, providing safety guidelines during set building sessions and stage design. In addition, the Pi-oneers have donated safety glasses and earplugs.
Team 1676 looks to reach out beyond their community in safety education. The Pi-oneers are presently producing a series of safety videos, including How To Safely Use power tools and a general safety video, that promotes basic safety practices.
The Pi-oneers maintain their comprehensive safety program for Competition Season. On the bus, the Safety Captain reinforces safety protocol and highlight responsibilities for safety advisors. In case of an emergency, a designated meeting place is decided prior to competition. On the bus, team members are issued a personal First Aid/care kit, including emergency contact numbers. The Pi-oneers also employ a “Buddy System”, requiring team members to travel in pairs.
In the pit area, the team maintains a well-stocked First Aid Kit, a portable fire extinguisher, two battery clean-up kits, complete with acid-resistant gloves. Extra gloves, hair ties, safety glasses, and earplugs are also available. The team’s “Bug-Out-Bag”, a portable First Aid Kit the team takes to all events and competitions, contains materials used in any emergency situation. It is available at all times in the pit. A “Pit Attack Plan” is in place. All Pit members have assigned duties to carry out in case of an emergency. Everyone is assigned a job to do in this order:
1.Take Control → This person will be telling everyone what to do when there is an emergency and make sure the area is safe to help the person who is injured.
2.Go for Help→ Pit AdMin, EMT, or Safety Advisors- This person will run to the EMT’s at the competition, pit administration, or the safety advisor.
3.Get the Team Nurse → One person will call the team nurse and another will run up to the stands and get the nurse who is the Head of an Open Wound Care Health Department.
4.Secure the Area and Back It Up → These people will back up the situation and square off the area.
5.Perform Compressions → CPR- There is a person in charge giving compressions who is CPR/AED certified.
6.Retrieve Bug-Out-Bag → This will have the first aid kit and other essentials to any situation.
7.Retrieve Battery Spill Kit → In case of a battery spill, this kit has baking soda and acid resistant gloves to be able to clean up the liquid acid.
Team 1676 strictly enforces safety practices to ensure a safe environment at all times.
Basic Safety Procedure
The Pi-oneers enforce these safety practices for all team members regardless of Sub-Division:
- Always wear safety glasses.
- Tie back long hair - no ponytails.
- Earplugs should be worn when using power tools.
- Gloves should be worn when lifting a robot and when using sharp materials.
- Do not wear loose or dangling clothing.
- Do not have sweatshirt strings hanging out - keep them hidden.
- No jewelry or ties.
- Always keep a clean and safe work environment.
- Remove unnecessary items and dispose of them
- Dedicate a certain area to keep those unnecessary items
2. Set In Order
- Arrange and organize necessary items for ease of use.
- Prevents loss and waste of time
- Keep your workplace CLEAN!
- Keep workplace safe and easy to work in
- Maintain high standards in workplace organization at all times
- Maintain orderliness
- Everything in it’s right place
- “Do without being told”
Mechanical Division members are required to be trained on power tools and pass a competency test for each machine shop tool. Certification is not only limited to mechanically involved Pi-oneers, but open to all members of the team. Once certified, team members receive a band of colored tape for their safety glasses, indicative of which tools they are certified to use:
- Chop Saw → Red
- Band Saw → Blue
- Sander / Grinder → Green
- Drill Press / Hand drill → Yellow
What is the Rehabilitation Program?
The Rehabilitation Program is a process that was developed to decrease injury rate due to careless errors and improve overall team safety. The Rehab program entails that if a team member breaks a safety rule more than twice, they are temporarily stripped of their certifications and must perform team service on one of the 5S until they can prove they are capable of following instruction, can properly utilize tools, and are conscious of safety rules. The Rehab program is not limited to mechanically involved team members, but a different variation is available to non-mechanical team members. After finishing their rehab, the team members enters the Probationary period.
What is Probation?
Probation is a time period in which a team member amends for their infractions. During probation, the team member is recertified by a mentor on the tools they lost their certification on, must sign another safety contract, specifying they will continue to follow the rules they broke. If a team member again breaks safety rules, they have their certifications suspended for the rest of the season.
2017 Safety Animation
2017 Safety Animation: https://youtu.be/5oeLkG7F7Mo
2016 Safety Animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8RkBRXUKwA
2015 Safety Animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiY1wrsuEkk