How to maintain a safe work shop

Student Safety Captain:

  • Coordinate, deliver, and track safety training for the individual team members.
  • Provide support for any safety questions or concerns that may arise. Seek guidance, as appropriate, from Mentors.
  • Conduct safety inspections of the general work site, especially the robot construction area.
  • Encourage your team to display positive safety behaviors at all times.
  • Know where to find and become familiar with the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and related emergency procedures.
  • Be ready to informally present your safety program to Safety Advisors at the event, if given the opportunity.

Injury Reporting:

  • Regardless of severity, report all accidents, injuries, and close calls to your team’s Mentor and Safety Captain. Injuries that appear minor may become serious if proper medical attention is not provided in a timely manner.

Safety Inspection:

  • The Safety Captain should inspect the work areas on a routine basis.
  • Determine and document the frequency of inspections by the potential risk in the work.
  • Where applicable, develop and close out corrective actions for identified deficiencies in a timely manner.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Eye and Face Protection
    1. Wear ANSI-approved, UL Listed, or CSA rated non-shaded safety glasses.
  • Prescription Glasses 
    1. If you wear non-safety rated prescription glasses, you must wear approved safety goggles over them to achieve adequate protection.
    2. If you wear safety rated glasses, you may use side shields.
  • Wear eye protection in the following situations:
    1. When doing any work on the robot including grinding, drilling, soldering, cutting, welding, and at all times while in the workshop.
    2. When there is risk of exposure to flying particles or chemical exposure (such as splashes, splatters, and sprays)
  • Hand Protection
    1. Hand protection is designed to protect against heat, electrical, chemical and mechanical hazards.
    2. Wear an appropriate glove for the task at hand.
    3. Ask safety captain or mentor for assistance in needed.
  • Mechanical Guards
    1. Provide safety guards for power tools where required.
    2. Never use any equipment without safety guards in place.
    3. Notify your Safety Captain and Mentor of any broken or defective equipment, and take it out of service until repairs are made.