Rules for machine operations

by on October 20, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

They say familiarity breeds contempt. In machine operations, it can lead to operators’ taking dangerous shortcuts.

“I’ll make this quick” is what’s often heard just before an accident.

What they should do
You can stop your employees from getting into this habit by continually reminding them of these basic machine-safety rules.

They should always:

  • Make sure they know the location of the emergency stop controls before starting work.
  • Check all guards to ensure they’re safely in place.
  • Report any defective or missing guards immediately.
  • Avoid removing any machine guards unless the machine has been de-energized.
  • Use feeding tongs or push sticks whenever possible to keep their hands out of danger zones.
  • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g., eye protection against chips or sparks and ear plugs against machine noise).
  • Know all lockout/tagout procedures and follow them as required (e.g., before unjamming, cleaning, adjusting, repairing or maintaining equipment).
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry and remember to fasten back long hair.
  • Observe all training requirements and restrictions for all machinery. “If you’re not trained and certified to use it, don’t.”
  • Follow all shut down procedures, so the next shift’s operator has a clean, safe machine to work on.

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