FEDS 201 Safety Program 

As a part of our safety program, all FEDS 201 members are required to follow the proper safety precautions throughout build and competition season. To ensure the safety of our members and fellow competitors, we require each student and mentor to complete a first aid course every 2 years.

In 2016, our entire team was First Aid certified as a part of the American Heart Association's Heartsaver First Aid Program In case of an emergency, team members know what actions to take to minimize damage and provide preliminary first aid.

Additionally, we provide a manual, which can be found in our team’s safety binder, instructing all team members on how to properly use machines and tools in our shop.Team members are closely supervised by adult mentors and our safety team. Our team has received safety awards at various competitions over the years, because of our dedication to ensuring the overall safety of our team as well as our peers from other teams.

Our team owns an AED that was given to us by the Rochester Hills Fire Department. We also have 2 fire extinguishers. Up until the 2016 robotics season, we carried only one; however, after our team came to know of an incident in which a robot had caught on fire at the Michigan State Competition, our team purchased a second fire extinguisher, one in our pit, and the other in our team’s cart. Each year we strive to ensure that members and mentors are trained on how to use both pieces of equipment.

These items travel with our team to competitions and remain in our shop throughout build season. We also keep an accident log, so we can identify what our safety issues are, and work to eliminate them. This allows us to work in a safe environment and minimize incidents.

Our safety team has also thoughtfully put together safety kits that we pass out to other teams, judges, and volunteers at competitions. These kits include basic safety items such as band-aids, alcohol pads, hair ties, and a set of cards with reminders on how to handle common injuries. These kits are a part of our effort to not only ensure our own safety, but also ensure the safety of our peers.

For more information, review the safety manual located on the FIRST webpage, or contact our safety team (Krithi Jaligama, Shravya Ramesh, and Debbie George).