The 2018 FRC Safety Manual states that “Instilling a culture of safety is a value that every individual in the FIRST community must embrace as we pursue the mission and vision of FIRST” (1.1). We, Team 2374, strongly believe in this statement and work hard every day to make safety one of our team’s core values.
How we create our culture of safety
- All freshmen must fill out an emergency information form, which will be used by mentors and the Safety Captain in case of an emergency. These forms are updated every year.
- All freshmen are taught to use machinery by our administrative team. If they have not been taught to use a certain piece of machinery, they are not allowed to use it.
- All freshmen are taught basic first aid and hands-only CPR
- All sophomores are CPR/AED certified
- Sophomores will be given minor leadership positions if they so choose, allowing them to implement safety as a part of their leadership
- All juniors are CPR/AED certified
- At the end of their sophomore year, rising juniors can apply for a position on our administrative team. Admin team is then in charge of teaching the safe use of machinery to freshman and incoming rookies, as well as implicating safety procedures in their department
- All seniors are encouraged to get their CPR/AED certifications renewed. If they choose not to, they are taught basic first aid and hands-only CPR alongside the freshmen
- At the end of their junior year, rising seniors can apply for a position on our administrative team. Admin team is then in charge of teaching the safe use of machinery to freshmen and incoming rookies, as well as implicating safety procedures in their department
- All team members are expected to follow the shop rules listed in the above left image
- If an injury occurs, the injured is expected to tell the Safety Captain, who will aid them however possible, and one mentor. The injured is then expected to fill out a quick injury report (above right image), which will help the Safety Captain improve our safety in the future.
- All team members are expected to make others feel welcome and appreciated. This means no bullying, discrimination, hazing, or hate of any kind.
- Supervises team safety both in the shop and at competition
- Ensures that all team members feel safe and appreciated both in the shop and at competition. The Safety Captain is a safe person to talk to if a team member has anything they would like to get off of their chest.
- Keeps track of safety kit contents
- Keeps the culture of safety going and works to improve team safety