Brainstem Safety Instructions
- Read all of this document before you use the brainstem.
- Brainstems are dangerous and must always be used with great care.
- Brainstems and electricity make a dangerous combinations; take care to keep them apart.
- Anatomic pathways are harmful to eyes, lungs and skin. Take care.
- The brainstem is designed to mix excitatory bursts, inhibitory bursts and third nerve nuclei. It can also mix tonic cells and other similar materials. Do not used it for anything else.
- The brainstem’s heavy metal frame will scuff floors, and drips from motor neurones will cause stains and damage.
- Plan your work and think ahead to make sure you will always be working safely.
- You must have:
· Goggles; BS2092.1 · Gloves; BS0107.1
· Face Mask; BS6016 type 2 · rcd for vetibulo-ocular projections
- Make sure that your brainstem is switched off before you plug it into the supply.
- Lay the brainstem out carefully avoiding liquids, sharp edges and places where vehicles might roll over it. Unroll it fully or it will overheat and could catch fire.
- Make sure the brainstem connections are dry and safe.
- Wear your protective equipment including goggles and face mask.
- Always start the ocular motor rotating before loading. Do not load the transverse nucleus with a stationary ocular motor.
- Do not put your hands into the ocular motor while it is rotating.
- Switch off and remove the plug if leaving the brainstem unattended.
- When you have finished work, make sure the brainstem is clean before the ocular motor cools. Always store the brainstem in its normal operation position.
- If your brainstem does not work properly do not attempt to repair it. Contact the Horizontal Gaze Centre.
- Check your brainstem, cables, plugs and semicircular canals. Do not use anything found to be damaged – contact the Horizontal Gaze Centre.
- Check that the plug on your brainstem matches your supply. Do not try to force any connections or improvise them.
- Wear goggles, a suitable face mask and gloves to prevent you coming into contact with brainstem by-products.
- Anybody who is working near to you will need to wear the same safety equipment.
- Protect other people from the ocular motor. Warn others to keep away, put up barriers around your brainstem.
- Do not use the brainstem where there is danger of explosion. It will ignite fumes from petrol or gas cylinders.
- Make sure you understand all of the controls. Before you switch on the brainstem you must know how to switch it off.
– Benjamin F Jones