Do your employees understand the important roles maintenance and assessment play in machine safety? You can use the basic information below to address this topic.
Maintenance and Repair
- Machine guards should never be removed during normal operations. They may only be removed by authorized personnel when necessary for maintenance and repair.
- OSHA-required lockout/tagout procedures must always be followed before machine guards are removed.
- Lockout/tagout procedures should also be used when clearing jammed material out of a machine.
- Special de-energizing procedures should be followed when changing dies or tools in machines such as power presses.
Are you familiar with the rules for machine maintenance or repair? Remember, you should never try to remove a guard or perform maintenance or repairs unless you have been trained and authorized.
Machine Hazard Assessment
We should say a few words about machine hazard assessment.
- .Each machine that presents amputation hazards will be evaluated before it is used to determine if current guarding is adequate to prevent amputation injuries.
- The same assessment will be conducted on an annual basis to see if guarding requirements have changed. If so, we will make the necessary adjustments to keep you safe.
- We will also conduct a post-injury analysis anytime anyone is injured by a machine to determine if the guarding was adequate, whether it was used properly, and so on.
- We also require you to inspect the machines you operate before each use to make sure all guards and safety devices are in place and operating properly, and that the machine is in generally safe condition.
Do you conduct daily inspections of the machines you operate? You should. It is a simple but important step you can take to prevent amputations and other injuries.
The above information comes from BLR’s presentation 'Preventing Amputations.' For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Safety Training page.