Here at Chain Reaction Robotics, we don't believe in the phrase "No pain, no gain." Our team's work has demonstrated that it is possible to gain valuable knowledge and work experience - without the pain. We require all members to practice FIRST Safety guidelines (detailed below) while they are working with potentially hazardous tools and materials.
Here are some general safety rules:
- Follow safe work practices, including safe use of all tools and personal protective equipment (safety glasses, shoes, gloves, hearing protection, etc.).
- Take special care when working above normal height or ground level.
- Be careful using tools that generate heat, such as heat guns. Be aware of objects that may be close to the heat source and may catch fire. Also, be aware that these tools often retain heat after being shut off, and should be set down only on appropriate surfaces.
All team members must wear ANSI-approved, UL-Listed, CE EN166 rated, AS/NZS certified or CSA rated non-shaded safety glasses during construction.
According to the FIRST Safety Manual, the lenses of safety glasses must be clear or lightly tinted with yellow, rose, blue, or amber, and allow the user's eyes to be fully visible (no reflective lenses.)
Hand protection is required when working with heat, electrical, chemical and mechanical hazards.
Our team's mentors work with our members to ensure the selected glove is apropriate for the tool or material that they are handling.
We routinely check our hand safety equipment for damage, flexibility, and grip, as reccomended by the FIRST Safety Manual.
Be Cautious Around Rotating Parts
Be especially careful around high-speed rotating components, both on and off the robot. If you are putting a high-speed rotating component on the robot, make sure you are using the component for its designated purpose.
Be sure to take off all jewelry and tie back long hair while working.
When wiring your robot, be aware of all loose wires. Contact with live wires can cause burns or electrocution. Voltages over 50 volts AC are considered hazardous, while 230 volts AC can be fatal.
Never "daisy chain" (plug one surge protector into another). This can overload the power strip and trip the cord. However, if the current is not shut off, this can cause a power outage or a fire.