MICROELECTRONICS AND ROBOTICS LABORATORY
- EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS: †Our location is Room 111 in the Boyd
Safety Services: 542-5801
- NO HORSEPLAY.† No intentional electric shocks,
explosions, or ignition.† No
intentional abuse of any materials or intentional creation of any
hazardous situation.† No other acts
- WORK ON DE-ENERGIZED CIRCUITS.† As far as possible, remove power
before handling a circuit in any way.†
This may mean turning the power supply on and off 20 or 30 times
during an experiment.† Thatís normal
practice.† Be sure to double check
your wiring and soldering before applying power to the circuit and
- RINGS, WATCHES, AND NECKLACES made
of metal can be hazardous when they touch energized circuits.† Use care and prevent accidents.† Also, tie back medium length and long
hair when working near flames or entangling equipment.
- HIGH-VOLTAGE SAFETY.† Our work does not normally involve high
voltages.† If you must work with
voltages higher than 35 V, always work with a partner, and clear your
experiment with a faculty member in advance.†
Do not repair or
internally adjust computer monitors without expert supervision; they can hold
their charge of 25,000 V for hours after being turned off.† PC power supplies can hold a charge of 400 V
- HIGH-CURRENT SAFETY.† Even at low voltage, some of our power
supplies can output enough current to generate appreciable heat, cause burns,
and start fires. †Know what youíre
doing.† If you donít know
approximately how much current will flow in a circuit, donít apply power
until a more experienced person has checked it.
- LEAD HAZARD.† Many electronic components are
pre-coated with solder that contains lead.†
DO NOT EAT, DRINK, OR SMOKE after handling electronic components
until you have washed your hands.† This is doubly important when you have
been soldering.† Make it a
practice to wash your hands before and after working in the labs.
- NO FOOD OR DRINKS.† Food and drinks are prohibited in the
- BASIC EYE PROTECTION (eyeglasses
or goggles) is required for SOLDERING, use of WIRE CUTTERS (which can
result in flying fragments), and all use of POWER TOOLS other than the
- GOGGLES (over your glasses if you
wear glasses) are required when working with the Dremel Moto-Tool,
especially with the wire brush bit.†
Particles will be thrown at
your eyes.† Everyone within 2
meters of the rotating brush must wear goggles.
- THE SOLDERING IRON must be kept in
its holder when not actually in use (not laid down on the table) and
should be turned off when not needed, even if you expect to need it again
in half an hour.† It warms up very
- CHEMICAL HAZARDS.† Follow the precautions on each bottle or
container of every chemical we use.†
Some of them are dangerous.
- PROPER HANDLING OF COMPONENTS:† Integrated circuits are easily
damaged by static electricity.† To
protect them from damage, avoid touching the pins any more than necessary;
touch the frame of a piece of equipment before touching anything inside
it; and in dry weather, make sure anti-static spray is applied to the
carpet and chairs at least once a month.†
Also, turn off power before inserting components into a circuit.
- SAFE USE OF TOOLS:† Use pliers, wrenches, and
screwdrivers that fit.† It's much
easier to get hurt, and to damage the equipment you're working on, when
you use the wrong size.† The right
size Phillips (+) screwdriver is often surprisingly large; always use the
largest one that fits.
- THE LADDER is to be used only with
a second person (a spotter) standing at the bottom to hold it.
- KEEP IT CLEAN: †A clean work environment can help you avoid
many unnecessary accidents.† Keep
your work area clean and well organized. †Pick up any trash that finds its way to
- EXITS. †Know the location of lab and building
- PREGNANT WOMEN. †If you are pregnant, all these
precautions are doubly important for you, especially about avoiding
electric shock, lead, and other chemicals and hazards.
In the inner hall just outside the microelectronics lab.† (2) Just inside the door (one the left) in
the inner conference room.† It is
recommended that you NOT use water on an electrical fire.
ELECTRICAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE:
- Electric Shock:† When
someone suffers serious electrical shock, he or she may be knocked
unconscious.† If the victim is still
in contact with the electrical current, immediately turn off the
electrical power source. If you cannot disconnect the power source, try to
separate the victim from the power source with a nonconductive object,
such as a wood-handled broom.
IMPORTANT:† Do not
touch a victim that is still in contact with a power source; you could
electrocute yourself.† Have someone call
for emergency medical assistance immediately. †Administer first-aid, as appropriate.
- Electric Fire:† If an
electrical fire occurs, try to disconnect the electrical power source, but
only if you can do it without endangering yourself. If the fire is small,
you are not in immediate danger, and you have been trained in fighting
fires, use any type of fire extinguisher except water to extinguish the
IMPORTANT:† Do not
use water on an electrical fire.
- Power Lines:† Stay away
from live power lines and downed power lines. Be particularly careful if a
live power line is touching a body of water. The water could conduct
electricity.† If a power line falls
on your car while you are inside, remain in the vehicle until help arrives.
There is a safe way to do all
jobs.† Ask yourself these questions:
What are the
worst possible things that could go wrong?
How will I deal
DO NOT perform the tasks or job until you have answers to these
questions.† The practice of safety in the
The desire on
the part of the individual to protect themselves and their associates, and
The need to
follow the set guidelines as listed above.
Be a good neighbor: the lab joins
an EITS office where folks work throughout the day.† Keep the noise down so they arenít disturbed.
Good Laboratory Safety Links
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