Safety Precautions and Lab Procedures
Abstract—The purpose of this paper is to provide you with safety precautions, lab procedures and reference materials to equip you with useful information in the computer electronics and technology fields. The topic is not complete, however it should introduce concepts and provide a framework of where to obtain important information for your safety and well-being.
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I. INTRODUCTION HIS DOCUMENT examines safety precautions related to technology in preparing you to add value in the global economy. The rate at which a society’s technology advances is determined by the relative rate of its ability to process information.  Since the invention of the transistor, this technology has doubled it productive capacity as the same price point since the 1970’s. It seems no other technology past or present has matched this performance in the free market by providing us with new products and process that change the way in which we live, technology determines what constitutes a need, and therefore the nature of consumer demand. An approximate graphical representation of this phenomenon unique to the rapid innovations cycles of the semiconductor industry as a whole is described by Moore’s Law.  See figure 1 for details. Since the cost of replacing valued employees is enormous, creating a foundation of safety and trust is essential to having a successful career and / or a successful business. Safety, personal safety, workbench safety, servicing and handling of equipment and proper lab procedures are critical to cultivating excellent work habits.  The safety rules for a laboratory depend on the kind of lab, the materials and procedures used. There are many different safety procedures starting with the environment, structures and facilities, to the laboratories, pilot lines, and manufacturing lines of specific product lines. The ones to use depend on what activities, sampling, analysis, storage of devices, safe While this is an explanation of safety precautions and lab procedures, it’s preferred to follow-up with explain, demonstrate, guiding and enabling participants with as much hands-on or simulation as constraints of resources and time will allow. B. L. Niemeyer, is a graduate of Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology, Electronic Engineering Technology. has served several decades in the electronics, semi-conductor and flat-panel display fields. He is now with Niemeyer & Associates in Tucson, AZ implementing computer management maintenance systems, and performing technology development. He also is an instructor at ITT-Technical Institute teaching Integrated Circuits and Embedded Systems.
Figure 1. Moore’s Law  In electronic laboratories there are other hazards that require greater discipline from wearing static free clothing and footwear is called for as some chips, especially CMOS, are extremely sensitive to “static zap”. Many lab are OSHA inspected and require personal protection equipment such as disposable, liquid resistant glove, cleanroom hoods, jumpsuits, and shoe covers found in class 100 clean rooms. II. SAFETY Safety precautions are intended to protect the individual, the equipment, and the device being tested. Most procedures are simple and are called “common sense,” but simple as they may seem, they should not be taken for granted or bypassed. Most accidents in electronics are caused by carelessness, impatience, or improper techniques. A good understanding of how equipment operates is basic to good technique. With experience, you can develop individualized routines and practices. However, safety should never be ignored for the sake of a shortcut. The safety precautions covered here are divided into the categories: personal safety, lab safety, handling and servicing equipment, concluding with lab procedures.
III. PERSONAL SAFETY Don’t wear rings,...
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