Printed Circuit Board Safety
Printed Circuit Board Safety has been a serious concern as the industry has vastly grown and developed over the years. There are many safety issues when assembling and producing printed circuit boards. This is our last post for our series with commemorating May as Electrical Safety Month. In our previous posts on safety, we addressed OSHA as well as safety steps with wire harness assemblies and commercial outlet strips. This post will address printed circuit board safety.
Safety at Falconer Electronics is an absolute top priority as shown with the company commitment to participating in the SHARP program. It can be extremely challenging for a small manufacturer to keep up with every new safety regulation. With constantly changing rules and regulations, Falconer Electronics has taken a proactive stand. The team at Falconer Electronics works closely with consulting firm Safety Compliance, Inc on OSHA compliance and workplace safety: (http://www.safetycomplianceusa.com/index.html).
Soldering printed circuit boards requires a special skill set. Our soldering team has combined experience that exceeds 100 years! They are an impressive group that produces high-quality circuit boards. Due to our commitment to safety, we have enjoyed over 12 straight years without a work injury or safety violation.
SHARP has also been very helpful with our soldering process. We have an extensive ventilation system disposing of fumes caused by the high heat of the mettle.
Secondly, our new circuit board pick and place machine offer many safety features that are extremely beneficial to our team. This machine places 3000 parts per hour. The machine comes equipped with a safety lid and switch.
Another issue that we have seen in our shop is that of the safety glasses. Safety glasses are required on the floor of our factory due to the possibility of wire shavings or other material that are in and around that could cause eye damage. There have been situations where people have been clipping wire ends or leads and have had the piece fly off through the air.
Circuit Board Safety Tips
Below include a number of precautions with printed circuit board safety:
- Wearing safety goggles – Protective eyewear is essential (and mandatory)!
- Wearing gloves
- Handle solder diligently with care
- Clutter free workstations
- Appropriate temperatures
- Utilize ventilation system
- Acceptable lighting
- Do not put cookies or food through reflow oven (just checking if you are reading this)
- Proper tools
- Check all connections
- Proper cleanup
May is Electrical Safety Month! During which we will continue focusing on safety issues, concerns, hazard prevention, along with so much more! Check out our Facebook page for “Electrical Fail Fridays” and “What not to do” every week this month. You can also find us on Twitter and Google+. Continue to check out our blogs throughout every week this month for more information on Electrical Safety!