Need a Safety Board? Here Are Your Options.
Every repair facility should have a safety board nearby in case of accidents. TB 385-4, Safety Requirements for Maintenance of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Jul 08), gives you the basics on what's needed on the board. I thought it might be helpful to share how we constructed our safety board.
We cut a 1/2-in thick piece of plywood to 3 x H feet. We painted a 2-in green border around the entire board. We used 2-in self-adhesive letters to put "SAFETY BOARD" at the top. You can also stencil it if you prefer. We used a label maker to print 3/4-in lettering for each item on the board.
Here are the items for the board that can be ordered by NSN:
Item NSN Price Hearing protection 4240-01-538-7970 18.20 3,000V electrical gloves (size 11) 8415-01-158-9451 68.92 Rope (210-ft coil) 4020-00-599-7529 16.29 Goggles 4240-00-052-3776 3.69 M6 LED Pelican Flashlight 6230-01-523-4709 60.59 First aid kit 6545-01-433-8399 32.46 Tourniquet 6515-01-521-7976 48.39 Fire extinguisher 4210-01-245-9850 32.66 Lithium batteries (12) 6135-01-554-0864 19.38
We've found size 11 gloves fit almost everyone. You'll also need a copy of FM 4-25.11, First Aid (Dec 02).
We couldn't find NSNs for the following items, so we ordered them from Grairtger.com. Most big box stores would also have these items.
Item Part Number Cost Woodscrews (250) 5ZVN6 14.72 Ground wire 9EWL4 42.80 Eye wash station 22FX22 29.35 Static discharge stick 3GY63 617.00 6-ft rescue hook 3GY61 533.00 Reclosable cinch strap, 1x8 inches (10 pack) 5JLG7 48.30 Reclosable cinch strap, 1x12 inches (10 pack) 5JLG8 48.25 Reclosable cinch strap, 2x24 inches (10 pack) 5JLH0 79.00
We've found the cinch straps work great to hold equipment on the board.
Here's what the finished product looks like:
1st Bn, 10th Special Forces Group
Excellent information, Steve.
SFC William Lawrence of the 94t1i BSB at Ft Polk pointed out to PS that there's a ready-made safety board available with NSN 4910-01-618-4321 that costs $2,880.
* 4x8-ft safety board with graphics
* Rescue stick with 6-ft pole
* Discharge tool with 6-ft ground
* Ear plugs and dispenser
* First aid kit
* Hard hat
* Safety glasses
* Grounding cable
* Linesman gloves
* 25-ft halyard rope
* Ear muff
In addition, you can save money by fabricating a safety hook, grounding stick, and grounding cables. Instructions are in Figs 3-1 and 3-2 in TB 385-4, Safety Requirements for Maintenance of Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
Pages 40-43 of PS 644 (Jul 06) lists NSNs for alternate or additional items for your safety board. It also lists NSNs for items you can use to restock the first aid kit. You can find the article online:
Other things you might consider around or on the board are a resuscitator, a portable defibrillator and hazard signs.
Don't stack things in front of the board, though. If you can't get to the board in an emergency, that defeats its purpose. And make sure the board is located in a central location so that Soldiers can get to it as quickly as possible.
Inspect the board each month to make sure all items are on-hand and in good shape.
Make safety board training SOP. Everyone working in the area should know each piece of equipment and how to use it.
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