Safety products can improve the functional operation of your machinery while helping to increase personnel safety, efficiency, and productivity. There are many questions surrounding proper use of these components in various applications, and CBT Hi-Tech Automation Specialist, John Simon, is here to answer them! When you properly utilize machine safety products in your facility you mitigate the risks of machine malfunction and employee injury or death.
10 Tips for Machine Safety from EHS
- Never remove or try to overcome machine safeguards.
- Don't create new hazards by allowing objects to fall into moving parts or by creating a new pinch point.
- Report problems with machine safety products to your supervisor immediately.
- Never leave machines unattended with parts still moving. Be aware that parts may continue to move after the machine has been turned off.
- Guards may be removed only when the machine has been locked out and tagged out.
- Ideally machine parts would be lubricated without removing the safeguard. If that is not possible, turn the machine off and lock it out before lubricating.
- Only operate machines when guards are in place and properly adjusted.
- Do not use unauthorized or damaged guards.
- Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, or long hair around machines - these increase the risk of employee injury.
- Ask a supervisor or safety specialist if you have any questions about machine safety or how to work with these products.