Thank you to our techdirections readers for sharing safety tips and hand-outs with their fellow educators. Those who responded to the email asking for tips were entered into a drawing; winners will receive their choice of either a poster from the Tech Directions Books & Media collection or three On-Demand Classroom Projects. Winners will be notified by email. Congratulations! Fatal Facts research assignment Here is an assignment we use at Honey Creek Middle School in Terre Haute, IN. We use this writing/research prompt to get the students to think about the consequences of their actions on the job-site and how easy a mistake in judgment can cause a death on the job. —David R. Roads, Honey Creek Middle School, Terre Haute, IN Student-written safety rules When I was a technology education teacher in Buffalo, NY, (PS -28 Triagle Academy) I had my 7th and 8th grade students—under my direction, guidance, and suggestions, so they knew it was their work—generate 10-15 safety rules. Each set of safety rules from all five classes were written in duplicate, one set was for their notebook and the other copy I had them sign and date for MY notebook. My idea was that if I discovered a student who did not follow their own safety rules, I had something I could show them, in their own hand-writting, that told them what they were doing was unsafe. —David F Quagliana, Williamsville, NY Hot Glue Gun safety tip To prevent tipping hot glue guns onto hot surfaces as well as storage, I simply went to the cafeteria and got some large #10 cans. I just stick the gun in them pointing down. It seems to work very well. —John Toth, Jefferson Twp. Middle School, NJ Safety Handouts Here’s a link to our safety rules, quizzes, pledge, and lab safety inspection check list: www.cudacountry.net/html/safety.html. The Safety Pledge is shown below. —Patrick Haley, cudacountry.net If in doubt, ask A safety tip I use in the STEM lab is basic: if in doubt, ask. Students will sometimes assume or listen to peers when they should ask the instructor before using a tool, or experimenting with a design. In fact, they should ask for help. “If in doubt, ask”. —Judy Barbour, East Lee County Middle School, NC Table saw safety After I had a student get injured over 20 years ago on the table saw, I adapted my safety plan to include a tail off person. One person can NOT operate the saw by him- or herself. The operator still has the main responsibilities for turning on and off the saw, making the cut, and pushing it on past the blade to the tail off person. The job of the tail off person is to catch the board being cut but also to make sure the operator does not do anything stupid while operating the saw. For thin cuts we leave the splitter guard on the saw and use a filler piece between the fence and the blade. We may have to raise the inside of the splitter guard so we can get the push stick through but the guard remains in place. This added safety measure has allowed us to go over 20 years without an incident on the table saw. I do not have a SawStop, either. —Mark Barron, Somerset High School, WI Emergency plan, Fire Extinguisher practice The students in each section elect leaders, callers, door openers, and runners to the nurse as an emergency plan. They practice the plan three times at the beginning of the course. Every class starts out with 100 safety points. The last week before the course ends, the class with the highest amount of safety points above 90 wins the safety prize. The students vote for the prize. Prizes in the past have been an ice cream social, free swim in the school pool, food coupons to the school cafeteria, and roller skating parties. The class that wins is announced on the school television station. Another safety lesson is the actual use of a fire extinguisher. The county and the local BOCES bring a fire box and water reloadable fire extinguishers. Students are expected to pull the pin, get the correct distance from the fire, and using the PASS system put out the fire. —Victoria Gregory, Afton Central School District, NY signed safety Handouts Below is my safety rules handout for the drill press (I also use one for the scroll saw and band saw). Students need to take it home and show their parent/guardian; the student then signs it in front of the parent/guardian, and the parent signs it as a witness. I tell the kids it is not a contract, it is information. They shouldn’t need a contract to hold them to being safe, they should want to do it because it is for their benefit, and going over safety is helpful for that purpose. —Mike Shampanier, Weber Middle School, NY Tech Ed Lab Safety Pledge I have received the SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS regarding the operation of the following power driven machines. I fully understand the importance of these rules and regulations and I am fully aware that the violation of anyone of them may endanger myself and others. My teacher has demonstrated to me the proper methods of using each machine listed below and has pointed out the safety precautions necessary to avoid injury. I have demonstrated my ability to use each machine listed below in the presence of my teacher. I understand the safety precautions involved and understand how to insure my safety through the proper use of the machines. I am confident that I can operate these machines safely. When in doubt about the operation of any machine or other equipment, I will consult the teacher before proceeding. Name of each machine to be written in by the student only after he has passed the safety tests and demonstrated his ability to use it. I have passed the tests covering safety in the shop and the use of the above listed machines. I promise to observe the SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS and to follow the instructions given in the demonstration. I may use the machines only after I have been properly instructed in their safe use, and have had the approval of the teacher. I understand that the use of machines in this shop is voluntary on my part.
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