C.O.R.E. 2062 Safety Database
A collection of the industrial safety practices used and supported by FRC team C.O.R.E. 2062

Buddy System/Emergency Contact Information

Competition safety is important. However, one part of safety that is often overlooked is post-competition safety. When outside competition, make sure that to utilize the buddy system. Also, make sure that at least one of these people have a cellphone and have contact numbers for the mentors. With the ubiquity of cell-phones among high schoolers, make sure that every student and parent has the contact list for the phone numbers of mentors as well as hotel information. A business card is ideal for this kind of information, as it can easily be slipped into a phone case or wallet. Certain mentors should be designated, both in a meeting and on the card, so that all may know which mentor to contact first in case of emergency.

Another way to keep safe post-competition is to have a whole-team count-off. Before each competition, assign each team member a number. Then, before leaving any event, getting in the traveling bus or cars, or gathering at an evacuation point after a disaster, everyone counts off. Starting with number one, team members recite their numbers in order. Each team member is aware of who had the number before and after him/her, that way if the count-off stops when someone is missing, you can quickly identify how many people are missing and who they are so you can quickly alert the EMS (Emergency Medical Service) or conduct a search as someone may simply be running late.