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SAFETY AND WELLBEING

We work hard to minimise any risk caused by the following factors:

Burns and fire:

Soldering irons are made to melt metal, so they do get very hot. There will always be a risk of burn injuries present when working with heating tools. At Tech Teens workshops, we aim to minimise this risk by:

  • only using proven safe equipment. We use USB powered soldering irons which draw only 8 watts of power. All irons also have a contact switch which shuts off the power when it is either placed on a surface or is not being held properly.

  • teaching safe soldering practices at the start of every workshop, and reinforcing those practices throughout the session.

  • having students complete a practice project under direct supervision of the teacher to ensure that they're capable of following instructions for safe and effective soldering.

  • limiting class sizes to ensure sufficient supervision and attention can be given to each student.

  • ensuring all teachers have up-to-date training in safe soldering practices, classroom management and basic first aid.


These strategies are in place to reduce burn risk, but burns may still happen.

The vast majority of burns that happen while soldering are small and will heal naturally without medical intervention after 1 to 3 days. Students will be asked to hold the burn site under running water to soothe any pain. Once the pain is gone, they will be able to continue with the workshop.

In the unlikely event of a more serious burn, appropriate first aid will be administered on-site by the teacher and the student's parent or emergency contact will be called. Depending on the severity of the burn, students may then either continue with the workshop, or be picked up to seek further medical attention.

Inhalation of fumes or ingestion of lead:

There are concerns regarding the inhalation of fumes generated by heating lead based solder. For these reasons, the solder we use in our workshops is exclusively lead-free.


This does make the process of soldering a little more challenging, but under the guidance of our workshop teachers, students will be able to effectively complete their projects without issue.

More information regarding the hazards present, as well as recommended controls and precautions which we follow are outlined in the "Australian School Science Information Support for Teachers and Technicians - Soldering" document.

Safety and Wellbeing: Feature
Technician engineer in workshop. Repairman in gloves is soldering circuit board of electro

OUR VISION

We strive to provide a safe space for students to learn practical electronics skills and knowledge.

We believe that electronics education is valuable for all students in the 21st century, and that children and young people have the right to learn about electronics in a safe, supportive environment.

Through our workshops, we aim to:

  • provide a fun, safe space for students to learn a valuable new skill.

  • help students create something they can be proud of.

  • respect the learning differences of our students and strive to help them understand electronics in their own way.

  • recognise the diversity and cultures within our community and embrace the rights of all children.

  • endeavour to provide the best learning experience that we can for each student.

Safety and Wellbeing: Mission
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