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On the George Washington High School Patribots, safety is always the highest priority. Within our team that we have recently built from the ground up, we are rapidly expanding and getting more efficient. However throughout our growth as a team we have managed to maintain, and continue to improve our safety standards. Safety is a constant priority which can be easily overlooked, until someone gets hurt. At team 1410 we tackle the seemingly broad task of being safe by taking things day to day, and task by task.

The questions we ask before each thing we do include:

  • Am I properly equipped for this task?
  • Do I have enough help?
  • Do I know enough about the tools or other equipment that I am using to operate it effectively and safely?
  • Will I be in any danger at all, or will others be in any danger if I carry through with my plans?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, we have multiple experienced mentors and other leaders on our team that are always willing to help, and make the situation safe. We have two safety captains who are both highly committed to the team, which ensures that at all times we will have a safety captain “On duty.” Each member of our team is trained how to work safely without the safety captains, however the safety captains oversee and promote safety within the team. They are also familiar with every tool or potential hazard in our shop and are able to help others if they are unfamiliar with any tools or safety equipment.

Furthermore, at FRC competitions, our safety captains do safety outreach to promote and ensure a safe working area and environment of other teams as well. We strive to not only uphold but exceed and promote the thorough expectations outlined in the FRC Team Safety Manual below. If you have any questions or concerns about our safety precautions or procedures feel free to contact us using the contact tab on our homepage.

“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind”
-Eleanor Everett

Below is also a link to the FRC Team Safety Manuel:

http://www.usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Community/FRC/Team_Resources/Team_Resources_Assets/FRC_Team_Safety_Manual.pdf