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techdirections April 2017 : Page 22

Safety Handouts Here’s a link to our safety rules, quizzes, pledge, and lab safety inspec-tion check list: The Safety Pledge is shown below. —Patrick Haley, table Saw Safety After I had a student get injured over 20 years ago on the table saw, I adapted my safe-ty 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 turn-ing 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 tech Ed lab Safety Pledge I have received the SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS regarding the opera-tion 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 precau-tions 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 ma-chines 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. Name of Machine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 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 ma-chines in this shop is voluntary on my part. School __________________ Signed _________________________ Student Date ____________________ __________________________ Teacher Date Student’s Signature teacher’s initials 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 begin-ning 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 re-loadable 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 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 22 tech directions ◆ april 2017

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