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Properly use power strips; don’t daisy chain, for example.
Keep the work area neat and orderly.
Participants should be wearing personal protective equipment, in the Pit at alltimes, including: ANSI-approved, non-shaded safety glasses with approved side shields. Rose, Blue, and Amber tints are FIRST approved, but reflective lenses are not. (eyes must be clearly visible by others)
Safety goggles over prescription glasses
When engaged in FIRST activities, all FRC participants must wear shoes that completely cover the entire foot. Shoes must have closed-toes and heels to protectagainst foot injuries, regardless of work location. Flip-Flops, Sandals, Mules, Crocs,are not acceptable when working on or near the robot or while attending FIRST competitions.
Battery and Energy safety:
Ensure no one is working on the robot when it will be energized during repairs.
Electrical Energy: Disconnect the electric power source. Always de-energize the robot before working on it by unplugging batteries. Open the main circuit breaker (“re-set” lever is released). FIRST provides in the Kit of Parts.
Pneumatic Energy: Always vent any compressed air to the atmosphere. This applies to all parts of the pneumatic system. Open the main vent valve and verify that all pressure gauges on the robot indicate zero pressure. Miscellaneous Energy Sources:Relieve any compressed or stretched springs or tubing.Lower all raised robot arms or devices that could drop down to a lower position on the robot. It contains stored electrical energy that could cause the battery to rapidly heat up due to an internal electrical short circuit, and possibly explode. When at FIRST events, report any injuries to the Pit Administration supervisor. He or she will document the injury or illness on an Incident Report sheet.
Any battery that is visibly damaged in any way is dangerous and unusable, and should be set aside and handled accordingly because:
- The 12V batteries FIRST provided in your Kit contain sulfuric acid that will burn human tissue on contact.
Make sure the robot is secured to the cart.
Keep the cart under control at all times, especially when removing or placing the robot.
Use Gracious Professionalism around others to prevent damage or injury. Do not include music on your robot transporter.
Use patience and control when moving the robot, especially in crowded areas. Walk; don’t run.
Ensure that the cart will not roll away or pose a hazard, especially upon robot removal. Use a chock block if necessary. Use the gate opening when entering/exiting the playing field. Don’t climb over the railing.
Visitors in the Pit:
Children twelve (12) and under must have a person eighteen (18) or older with them at all times. There will be child safety glasses available. Child strollers and baby carriages are not allowed within the individual pit station.
Must wear appropriate safety equiptment.
Thanks for reading and stay safe!
As the first week comes to a close we have noticed something really cool. We are on schedule! If you are a veteran member then you know how important this is to creating a robot that we can all be proud of. All of our subgroups are communicating and drawing up their designs in Creo (some have even begun prototyping), a group is working on an equation in MathCAD, and the programming group is learning about code by performing tests and looking at code from past years.
Other important events that happened this week were on Wednesday and Thursday. We had a specific time for mentors to introduce themselves to new members so that the team will know what their specific skills are and be better able to use their knowledge as build progresses.
Looking forward to another productive week, and we hope everyone has a nice 3 day weekend!