Why Safety Matters in FRC
FIRST Robotics prides itself on its culture of safety and hopes to inspire all participants to embrace their vision and mission of establishing safety as a core value, and the framework of the build process. Both students and mentors should take responsibility of committing to safe behaviors.
The FRC™ Safety Manual is a great resource to use to familiarize yourself with how to adopt their "culture of safety".
In the manual they outline a few basic set of rules that both students and mentors can follow to ensure the safety of themselves and others around them. They include:
-Be familiar with the manual and follow the established requirements
-Work in a safe and responsible manner
-Use personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safeguards
-Identify and report hazardous situations
-Encourage and inspire safety in everyone around you
-Lead by example and practice the behavior you wish to see in the shop
-Provide guidance in general safety, use of PPE, lifting and transporting the robot, and identifying unsafe situations
-Use safety engineering principles with the team to eliminate or minimize hazardous situations
-Be aware of updated and current safety guidelines
-Collect and store Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for any chemicals used by the team and be aware of emergency procedures
Below is a copy of our teams adapted safety manual
Created by Caleb W