Team 3309 is supported by a full wood shop and machine shop. This “shop” is utilized to support the manufacture and construction of various parts and assemblies required to complete robotic projects. The Friarbots use a training and qualification program to ensure that any student who works in the shop is first trained, then tested in competency before becoming “qualified” to operate machinery. After a student is qualified to use a particular tool or machine, the student may do so only when an adult supervisor is present. 

Team 3309’s safety program ensures all members and mentors know the safety rules that come into play during meetings, competitions, and events. In order for all members to learn the safety rules and procedures our wood shop, machine shop, classroom, FIRST competitions, and FIRST events every member must go through the FIRST safety basics training course. Each member must also complete and turn in the Shop Packet to be completely finish the safety training. Team 3309 also offers an advanced safety training course for those whom are interested in becoming a safety captain. Those who complete the advanced course are able to be in the pit as the safety captain role.


Emergency Procedures (the three C’s):

  1. Check – is the person breathing? Are they conscious? Is anything hurting?
  2. Call – 911
  3. Care – have a first aid kit on hand to care in the meantime until the paramedics arrive


Every Team 3309 member will be able to perform and understand the following objectives:

  • Every student is responsible for maintained a safe environment
  • Students must use their judgement to prevent any injuries
  • Do not attempt to perform any acts that you feel is unsafe
  • Always stay clear of people operating machinery
  • Never work alone
  • Horse play, running, or any such behavior is prohibited
  • Instilling a culture of safety is a value that every individual in the FIRST community must embrace as we pursue the mission and vision of FIRST
  • Adopt safety as a core value
  • Establish the framework for safety leadership in all aspects of the program
  • Have a positive and lasting impact on each team member and mentor
  • Be truly committed to developing a culture of safety
  • Work in a safe and responsible manner
  • Encourage safe behaviors in everyone around you
  • Display positive safety behaviors at all times
  • Follow safe work practices
  • Maintain a healthy attitude regarding safety
  • Always walk and work in a controlled and thoughtful manner
  • Demonstrate safe behaviors at all times, even in the heat of competition


Below are the safety training course descriptions:

Introductory Course Description

In this course, Team 3309 students will learn the basics of safety. The rules and information provided are required whether working for the robot in the wood shop, machine shop, classroom, or robodome of 3309’s robotics facility or FIRST Robotics events and competitions. This course will prepare every member for the FRC season ahead, and most importantly keep them safe. The activities in this course will help the students practice the safety requirements/rules, so they will know to automatically do it first. Safety FIRST!

Advanced Course Description

In this advanced course, Team 3309 members will have the chance to learn deeper into the safety rules FIRST Robotics has provided. This course is specially designed for those who have a want to learn more about safety and take on the role of a Student Safety Captain at competitions. The assessments in this course will help put the roles of a Students Safety Captain into play, so they are prepared and ready to go to help guide the team and other teams to be as safe as they possibly could be. The information in this course is more guided towards rules during a FIRST event or regional, but should be practiced during a 3309 meeting. Student Safety Captains are role models of Safety FIRST!


Below are the learning outcomes from completing both courses:

Introductory Course Learning Outcomes

All Team 3309 members who pass this course will understand:

  • All students or members must listen to fellow team members so they will act safely
  • Must be trained on how to use any potentially dangerous tools before using them
  • Keep the area clean and uncluttered
  • Keep all doors, fire extinguishers, electrical panels, and switches clear of obstructions
  • Eye protection must be used at all times when in the shop or using any tools outside of the shop
  • Closed-toed shoes are required at all times
  • Loose clothing is prohibited
  • Jewelry or hanging accessories should be removed prior to work in the shop
  • Gloves shall be worn when appropriate
  • Never operate machinery unless all guards and safety devices are in place
  • Never use defective or broken equipment
  • Only operate machinery which you are qualified to use
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Identify and report any unsafe or hazardous conditions to the student safety captain, mentor, and/or safety advisor
  • Report all accidents, injuries, and close calls to your team’s mentor and safety captain
  • Establish a planned, safe lifting procedure of the robot

Advanced Course Learning Outcomes

Every Team 3309 member who passed this course will understand:

  • Coordinate, deliver, and track safety training
  • Provide support for any safety questions or concerns that may arise
  • Conduct safety inspections of the general work site and pit station
  • Know the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
  • Be prepared to informally present your safety program to safety advisors at the event
  • Report all injuries to the pit administration supervisor in order to fill out a Medical Incident Report Form
  • Inspect the work areas on a routine basis (safety checklist)
  • All participants must be protected from hazards in the work area
  • Assist and mentor other teams with safety issues
  • Safety Awareness
    • Ensure participants, staff, and the public have injury-free competitions
    • Motivate participants to learn and follow safe individual and group practices as a life skill using a positive coaching approach
    • Publicly recognize other teams for safe practices
    • Safe behavior
    • Physical conditions
    • Personal protective equipment (PPE) usage
    • Community outreach
    • Safety initiatives (at the event)
    • Program presentations (safety program development)


Team 3309 Safety Resources Library: 

2018 Safety Manual

Team 3309 Safety Animation Video 2011

Team 3309 Safety Animation Video 2013