EASY SAFETY SOLUTIONS
As an employer you have a legal requirement to adequately guard dangerous machinery. Non-compliance of these obligations can lead to significant fines, imposed restrictions and loss of staff productivity. Employers are responsible for providing all necessary machine guarding and safety equipment throughout their factory, workshop or other workplace. Workers are responsible for using the guards and other safety measures required by the employer.
Why you should treat machine guarding seriously
· Employers have a ‘common law’ duty of care to the people who come into contact with their business.
· The OSHA Act (1972) and the Machine guarding Regulations outline legal responsibilities which include the provision of guarding for machinery in the workplace. Non compliance can lead to significant fines and lawsuits.
Poor machine guarding practices are a major hazard confronted by people in the workplace everyday. Approximately 8 out of 10 workplace fatalities and 1 in 4 workplace injuries involve mechanical equipment. Many workplace injuries, caused through machinery are preventable.
MAKING SURE YOUR MACHINE
Managing health and safety is an ongoing process that requires commitment by both management and employees in order to:
MACHINE HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION’S ARE ACHIEVED THROUGH:
WORKERS SHOULD CONSIDER:
· activities they perform
· where their face, hands and feet are placed
· the body position they assume while they are performing a specific task
· hazard exposure inherent in the equipment or generated by it
· Regular workplace inspections (using a checklist) to help uncover obvious workplace hazards.
MACHINE HAZARDS WHICH MAY BE CONTROLLED BY GUARDING:
CONTROLLING THE RISK
Our onsite consultant will determine the appropriate control measures that must be put in place to eliminate the risk, or where it is not reasonably practicable to do so, the risk must be minimized. The hierarchy of control (listed in order of priority) is:
· training employees in correct and safe operation
· developing Safe Operating Procedures (SOPs)
· reducing the number of employees exposed to the hazard
· reducing the period of employee exposure
· developing and implementing Lock-out / Tag-out / Block-out procedures
· displaying appropriate warning signs
· safety glasses
· face shields
· hearing protection
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