Safety or lack thereof
Does Instructibles have a duty of care with regard to the safety on the ibles that are presented on the site?
In the past, people would put "please don't try this at home, please be instructed on soldering/HV/lasers/...."
now I am seeing some 'ibles that are carelessly dangerous.
Some examples are:
- connecting a microwave magnetron to a high gain waveguide antenna output
- circuits and places to purchase lasers that are not eye-safe, even likely to blind and burn (1W diode lasers)
- HV circuits that have no protection / current limiting, creepage and clearance considerations etc.
Maybe I am a grumpy old man, but it does worry me! I would hate to see kids blinded just because they read an ible without understanding the dangers, build something up and become blinded. Would you like it if that was your kid and they saw it on ibles?
For the budding inventors out there, to get the product to market they will have to consider safety in the designs. Why not start now as part of the product concept?
Not trying to be a scaremonger, just trying to understand where people are coming from and provide some suggestions on how to improve things:
- provide check boxes or an icon that people can tick (eg skull and crossbones for chemicals, laser safety icon etc.)
- provide standard warnings
- refuse to publish or ask for rework of 'ibles that are recklessly dangerous
- sponsorship for a 'safety first' ible competition?
Is this something that 'ibles would be interested in?