6 Workplace Safety and Health Tips for Working with Machines
Follow our 6 Workplace Safety and Health Tips for Working with Machines to prevent any death or serious injuries in your workplace.
Working with moving machine parts can lead to death or serious injuries. Did you know every year 2 workers die and 1,000 workers are injured while they are working with machines? Don’t let the numbers increase any higher.
Tip 1: DO NOT operate any machine if you are sick
An employee should never try to operate machinery if they are unwell or not in a clear state of mind. Always make sure to report to your supervisor if you’re unwell. An employee on medication should check if the medication is drowsy, if it is, never operates machinery after taking them as it will put your safety as well as your colleagues’ safety at risk.
Tip 2: Make sure all moving parts are guarded
Machine guarding is very important for machine safety because it protects employees from dangers such as rotating parts, flying chips, and sparks with guards such as barrier guards, light curtains and two-hand operating devices. All of these types of machine guards protect your employees from the potential workplace safety dangers of machinery.
Tip 3: Stop the machine if it is not working properly
Employees working with the machine should stop using the machine immediately if they feel like something is wrong with the operation of the machine. Do not operate a machine that may be faulty.
Employers should ensure that machines undergo regular maintenance and checks to decrease the chances of machinery not working during use by an employee.
Tip 4: Lock-out and tag-out before repair and maintenance
Employees conducting repairs or maintenance on any form of machinery should ensure that the machine has been lock-out and tag-out. Safety devices such as barrier guards or guarding devices are installed on the machine to maintain worker safety while these machines are being operated. When maintenance or repair are performed, these safety devices may be removed provided there are alternative methods in place to protect workers from the increased risk of injury or exposure to the unintended or inadvertent release of energy.
Tip 5: Be trained and competent before operating any machine
Employers must ensure that all persons who operate any machine have received adequate training for the purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using work equipment, and risks which such use may entail and the precautions to be taken.
An employee must ensure that they Do not operate any machinery which they are not trained or competent in operating. Ensure that Employee knows what the machine does and how to operate the machine before attempting to use it. Never in any circumstances operate a machine that you’re not totally familiar with.
Tip 6: Use the right personal protective equipment
An employer must ensure that proper personal protective equipment is easily available to all employees when needed. Ensure that personal protective equipment provided are in working condition and is the proper protective equipment needed to operate the specific machinery.
An employee must ensure that they put on proper personal protective equipment before operating any form of machinery. E.G: Helmets and gloves etc should all be put on if it is required before starting up any form of machinery.
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