When you extract parts from E-Waste, a little patience goes a long way. You can reduce jagged edges that could cut you just by taking the time to unscrew parts instead of breaking or smashing. And carefully dismantling components will make them more usable for your maker projects. Even so, you should have safety goggles and a first aid kit handy.

Many components will require a soldering iron to detach them. You can get the basics of soldering iron safety here:
http://naples.cc.sunysb.edu/Admin/HRSForms.nsf/pub/EHSD0348/$File/EHSD0348.pdf

Here are a few additional safety tips:

1) Never work on a device while it is connected to an electrical outlet.
2) A capacitor can hold an electrical charge even after the device is unplugged. Do not touch a capacitor when working, no matter how small it is, until you know for sure it is discarged. You can learn how to safely discharge a capacitor here: http://www.wikihow.com/Discharge-a-Capacitor. Since power supplies contain capacitors, you may need to touch the output leads of a power supply together, after unplugging it.
3) When taking things apart, it is good practice to take careful notes or be very organized when taking it apart and putting aside pieces. You may want to put it back together! If you are dismantling a printer, it's good to keep the screws organized in case you want to use them later. Taking part of the outer plastic casing and using it as a tray for keeping them is useful. This will also help you to keep track of safe and unsafe materials.
4) Taking apart Televisions is very dangerous if do not have expertise in doing this. They hold a very serious charge. If you are determined to do this on your own, check out the Instructables information on doing so:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-take-apart-TV/step3/The-dangerous-part/. We would recommend maybe just not doing this unless you have a lot of experience.


Is there anything we are forgetting that you incorporate into your practice for safety? Please feel free to contribute and help this wiki grow!