For workplace health and safety, all new members joining the team are required to complete a lab induction. This process, when successfully completed, will make the new member eligible for swipe card access to the lab, and allow them to work there unsupervised.
With swipe card access, you can access the NUbots lab and the external doors of the ES building between 7am and 10pm, 7 days a week.
The CESE Work, Health and Safety Canvas site contains all the information needed to obtain swipe card access to the NUbots lab. Ask the NUbots Team Leader for a link to self-enrol in the site if you are not already enrolled. On the site homepage, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the 'Newcastle Robotics Laboratory' banner.
The Electrical Engineering Safety Manual is required reading, and will help you with the EE/ES Lab Induction that you must complete in the next step. The second required reading is the risk assessment for the lab.
EE/ES Lab Induction
After reading the safety documentation, you are required to complete the EE/ES Lab Induction. This can be accessed by clicking the link in step 2 on Canvas. Once you have finished the quiz, navigate back to the NUbots induction page - if you instead click 'next' in Canvas, it will take you to further quizzes for Electrical Engineering, which you are not required to complete.
You must score 100% in the quiz. The Electrical Engineering Safety Manual accompanies the quiz. This quiz must be completed by all team members each year, even if you already have swipe card access.
Students working in the EE labs for their coursework will have already completed this quiz. If you have already completed the quiz in this calender year, you do not need to do it again.
The NUbots Lab Induction
The next part of the process is the NUbots lab induction. This is an in-person induction done with a Team Leader or Team Safety Officer in the lab. This induction walks new members though the available safety and emergency equipment in the lab, how to safely handle batteries and robots, and what to do when there is an emergency.
Upon completion of the NUbots lab induction, new members must must fill out the lab induction checklist. They are to obtain a digital copy to upload to Canvas, and the hardcopy will be kept in the lab as a record. A copy of the checklist will be provided to the student at the beginning of the induction.
Request Swipe Card Access
The final step on Canvas involves an embedded app that allows you to request access. After signing in to the app with your student details, you will see a form. Select the NUbots access group and choose Alexandre Mendes to approve the request. If any steps are not complete, the app will indicate this. Once the steps are all complete, you can submit your request for swipe card access.
It may take a few days for the application to be approved and the request sent to Infrastructure and Facilities Services in order to enable swipe card access. Once this is done, you can use your student card to access the external doors of the ES building and the NUbots lab between the hours of 7am and 10pm, any day of the week.