MACHINE GUARDING

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 GUARDS ARE IN PLACE

Managing health and safety is an ongoing process that requires commitment by both management and employees in order to:

  • identify the hazard 
  • assess the risk 
  • control the risk 
  • evaluate control measures


MACHINE HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION’S ARE ACHIEVED THROUGH


  1. Discussions with employees 
  2. Safety assessments conducted by engineers and designers in the early stages of a new product and/or process design. 
  3. Pre-purchase reviews of specifications for equipment and materials, conducted to ensure only the safest equipment come into the workplace. Once equipment and materials arrive, check for hazards and introduce controls before use. 
  4. Incident, accident and injury data analysis, to identify any patterns of injury or near misses which have occurred in the workplace, or in other similar workplaces. 
  5. Work process reviews. Informal hazard assessments can easily be conducted by experienced personnel. This requires workers to carefully think through the task and try to anticipate where hazards might arise.


MACHINE HAZARDS WHICH MAY BE CONTROLLED BY GUARDING


  • points of operation 
  • contact or entanglement with machinery 
  • being trapped between machine and material or fixed structure 
  • contact with material in motion 
  • being struck by ejected parts of machinery 
  • being struck by material ejected from machine 
  • release of potential energy

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.

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:

  1. Elimination (means to completely remove the hazard, or the risk of hazard exposure. Removal of the hazard is the ideal control solution) 
  2. Substitution (involves replacing a hazardous piece of machinery or a work process with a non-hazardous one) 
  3. Engineering (If a hazard cannot be eliminated or replaced with a less hazardous option, the next preferred measure is to use an engineering control. ‘Engineering’ controls may include: machine guarding) 
  4. Administration (Where ‘Engineering’ cannot fully control a health and safety risk, administration controls should be used. ‘Administration’ controls introduce work practices that reduce risk and limit employee exposure. They include:

  • 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.

             5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

(Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should only be used when other higher order control measures are not possible, and only as a short term solution. Efforts to remove health and safety risks using ‘Elimination’, ‘Engineering’ and ‘Administration’ controls should be fully explored before PPE is implemented. Examples of PPE include: 

  • safety glasses
  • face shields
  • gloves
  • hearing protection

SAFETY INSPECTIONS

Industrial, Manufacturing and Facility Safety Audits, Inspections

A safety audit is a tool that can be utilized to improve safety and attitudes in the workplace. A safety audit is an inventory or checklist of items specifically geared to your operations. It allows you to take action, correct hazards, and determine the appropriate actions to take to achieve the desired safety goals. Measuring your safety performance also provides a baseline to compare future safety initiatives against. 

What is your desired data outcome? 

  • Determine the effectiveness of your safety program
  • Identify compliance deficiencies
  • Suggest safety solutions
  • Improve the environment and personnel safety
  • Reduce incidents and injuries
  • Increase workplace safety pride
  • Reduce OSHA violations

We travel to your locations and make comprehensive assessments of conditions and detailed reporting providing management the resources to make critical decisions. 

We will provide detailed reporting and corrective action items. A fresh perspective may be what your safety program needs.

FACILITY SAFETY

As one of premiere risk consulting businesses we deliver wide array of services for buildings and facilities for such projects ranging from small to multimillion dollar projects. Over the past 13 years, we have provided theses services for many of our clients throughout the industries, including fortune 500 corporations, more than 100 of different government institutions.

Many businesses rely on insurance companies as the primary and sometimes only form of risk management posed by a wide variety of potential loses some nature caused and others manmade. Prudent action calls for alternative methods of risk management, such as facility improvement programs that are specifically designed to protect life safety and to mitigate the greatest sources of loss. 

We work closely with each client to evaluate all reasonable alternatives prior to selecting a final solution. Our objective is to find the most cost-effective solution, with minimal impact to ongoing operations. Businesses and organizations often face conflicting demands, as output or services must be continuous, yet safety and environmental standards cannot be compromised.

Risk and Reliability for Facilities - Consulting Services

We provide a Corporate-wide approach to delivering rational solutions for all safety and risk challenges. Easy Safety Solutions consultants are acknowledged in the field of safety analysis, risk assessment, and safety training. Our reputation is built on our proven expertise, unmatched quality of our work, the accuracy of our work, and our commitment to total customer satisfaction. We have an extensive work history with a variety of facilities and have provided an assortment of consulting and training services.

Property Loss Control

Easy Safety Solutions offers traditional property loss control services to corporate multinational and global clients to assist in identifying and managing risk posed by man-made and natural perils affecting their owned/leased locations. These capabilities are delivered by a  staff of seasoned risk and loss control consultants experienced in various types of operations stemming from business interruption’s and property damage to total loss property use.

Our service offerings include the following capabilities:

·         Detailed Inspections 

·         Operational Surveys 

·         Tennant Operations Hazard and Risk Assessments 

·         Fire Protection System Review and Analysis 

·         Machinery and Equipment Breakdown Analysis 

·         Loss Control  

·         Hazard Risk and Mitigation

Our clients acquire significant benefits by accessing loss control services within Easy Safety Solutions including third party objective opinion of risk, highly qualified view of available risk mitigation capabilities analyses, enterprise-wide risk assessment.

Assisting our clients to reduce and manage the risk to facilities in a practical and cost-effective manner, while addressing all concerns that are logical and practical and considers important aspects, including damage to structures, equipment and inventory, business interruption costs, and personnel safety including general public.

Our three step approach

1.    Risk Identification

2.    Risk Reduction / Elimination

3.    Risk Prevention

Some of more frequent types of facilities we have inspected

·                Airports

·                Art Galleries

·                Banks

·                Bus Terminals

·                Commercial Facilities

·                Shopping Centers / Malls

·                Strip Malls

·                Entertainment Facilities

·                Hospitals

·                Hotels

·                Manufacturing

·                Multi Tennant Facilities

·                Museums

·                Office Buildings 

·                Parking Structures 

·                Public Buildings

·                Railroad Transportation Terminals

·                Schools

·                Universities

·                Utilities

ON SITE CONSULTING

If you have a pending audit, or recognize that your employee safety and/or training programs are long-overdue for improvement, we can provide you with years of experience and insight to help you design a program to fit your needs. ESS consulting team is dedicated to understanding your unique regulatory challenges and delivering cost-effective, experienced-based solutions you can put to immediate use. 

Depending on your needs - whether you have a manufacturing operation, retail or service, or handle hazardous materials - we can provide solid direction on the programs and policies you want to pursue. 

Our Onsite Consulting Services are available for PSM, Machine Guarding, OSHA, Hazardous Materials, Construction, Workplace Safety and more

OUR ONSITE CONSULTING SERVICES COMPREHENSIVELY COVER:

  1. Safety Consulting
  2. Development of Workplace Health and Safety Policy and Procedures Manuals 
  3. Implementation of Safety Programs 
  4. Compliance and/or Management Audits 
  5. Incident Investigation 
  6. Machinery and Equipment Safeguarding Surveys 
  7. Development of Job Safety Analysis (JSA’s) 
  8. Development of Safety Operating Procedures (SOP’s)
  9. Best Practices 
  10. OSHA Certified Training Courses

Electrical Safety

 

Electricity has long been recognized as a serious workplace hazard. OSHA's electrical standards are designed to protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and explosions. Electrical hazards are addressed in specific standards for the general industry.


Does your company have the Electrical Safety requirements? 


  1. Safety procedures
  2. Facility electrical safety inspections
  3. Electrical area Classifications
  4. Proper protective equipment (Arc Flash) for electrical work
  5. Lockout / Tag out (Energy control steps)
  6. Written energy control program
  7. Control procedures
  8. Protective materials and devices
  9. Training requirements


General Industry Safety Orders require all businesses and organizations to include all the elements below to assure safety of their workers and contractors that may engage in any form of electrical work. Our onsite consultant will address all of the following items;

  • Personal protective equipment 
  • Special industries applications
  • Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution 
  • Electrical general code compliance
  • Wiring design and protection
  • Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use
  • Specific purpose equipment and installations
  • Hazardous locations
  • Training
  • Safeguards for personnel protection
  • NFPA 79 - wiring requirements for machines and equipment that must be included as part of their electrical safety and operations.
  • NFPA 70E - electrical power distribution systems and their safe use, designs and ratings, this code is also known as "Arc Flash" study.

Highly Hazardous Chemicals, Toxics and Reactive (Mandatory)

 

This Appendix contains a list of toxic and reactive highly hazardous chemicals which present a potential for a catastrophic event at or above the threshold quantity.

Appendix List (pdf)

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