Interconnecting and Packaging Electronic Circuits Health and Safety Considerations

There are two safety issues in selective plating: the chemicals and the equipment used to apply the chemicals. Overall, the process meets the safety requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for in-plant use. Electrical protection of the power pack, workpiece, and operator are provided by a direct current circuit breaker within the power pack. This circuit breaker trips when an overload occurs. If the anode shorts out by contacting the part, or if the power pack exceeds its amperage rating, the breaker almost instantly stops power flow.

Today, manufacturers provide material safety data sheets (MSDS) with solutions, in conformance with OSHA requirements. The solutions are industrial chemicals and should be handled as such. Ventilation to remove fumes is recommended, and conventional safety guidelines, including the use of safety glasses and rubber gloves, should be routinely followed. Reviewing the MSDS will alert personnel to any special handling or other safety precautions required.

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