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Introduction to Lab Procedures and Tool Use

Chapter Description

This sample chapter from IT Essentials Companion Guide v6, 6th Edition, covers basic safety practices for the workplace, hardware and software tools, and the disposal of hazardous materials. Safety guidelines help protect individuals from accidents and injury. They also help to protect equipment from damage. Some of these guidelines are designed to protect the environment from contamination caused by improperly discarded materials.

Summary (2.3)

This chapter emphasizes the behavior and processes that a worker should use to help in keeping the workplace a safe and productive environment.

Summary (2.3.1)

You have familiarized yourself in the lab with many of the tools used to build, service, and clean computer and electronic components. You have also learned the importance of organizational tools and how these tools help you work more efficiently. Some of the important concepts to remember from this chapter:

  • Work in a safe manner to protect users and equipment.

  • Follow all safety guidelines to prevent injuries to yourself and others.

  • Know how to protect equipment from ESD damage.

  • Know about and be able to prevent power issues that can cause equipment damage or data loss.

  • Know which products and supplies require special disposal procedures.

  • Familiarize yourself with the SDS for safety issues and disposal restrictions to help protect the environment.

  • Be able to use the correct tools for the task.

  • Know how to clean components safely.

  • Use organizational tools during computer repairs.

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