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Machines are built to make our lives easier, but that doesn’t mean they don’t pose dangers as well. In fact, many of the machines we take for granted can be quite dangerous. Consider escalators for example, their powerful motors have claimed the lives of 20 people between 1997 and 2003.
Machine guards were invented for a reason. Workers might claim guards slow them down, but nothing slows operations down more than an injury.
Machine guards protect workers from coming into contact with any blades, rotating parts, pinch points or any point of operation. They also protect from flying debris.
Machinery use also frequently involves PPE use. This PPE is designed specifically to keep the more vulnerable parts of workers bodies guarded.
SafetyNow can help you to teach workers the importance of machine guards, PPE use and what can go wrong when machines are used incorrectly.
Machines in Motion Mean Danger
It’s a simple fact: Machines need to move to perform their tasks. Whether it’s a conveyor belt carrying raw material to a mixing tank, power presses bending sheet metal or a drill press punching holes in a piece of wood, they all operate by movements that cause a serious risk to workers.
Gain Control of New Equipment
Every now and then we all come face-to-face with a new piece of equipment at work, something slightly different from what we were trained on. This new equipment might range from a new computer in the office to an entire line of processing equipment, or it might simply be that you are about to drive a different vehicle. The areas for potential problems will always vary significantly with the equipment involved, but usually a few basic rules apply.
Be On Guard - For Guards Not On!
Machine guards, who needs them? Actually you do. They protect you from the moving parts of equipment that can grab your clothing, hair, fingers, arms, or hands. Guards can also protect from cutting surfaces and hot processes.
Almost every industry uses guards in some form or another. Machine guards protect from contact with in-running nip points, rotating parts, sharp cutting surfaces, flying debris and sparks.
Machine Guards: Your Shields Against Injury
A punch press operator removed the punching guard on the machine that punched the sheet metal into shape. He thought it would save him some time.
According to the clock, his shift would be over in 20 minutes. The only problem was, he had 30 minutes worth of work left. By removing the machine guard, he figured he could shave five minutes off the job.
Get To Know Your Machine
Whether we love or hate our machines, we all share one thing in common – we develop important relationships with them.
Friend or foe, we treat them as if they have a personality of their own. Most of us know someone who has named their car, computer, or coffee machine. It’s socially acceptable to name our boats and aircraft.
At work, when our machines are running smoothly, we refer to them fondly, as if they are our best friends. When they fail, we call them more names than you can count – sometimes every name in the book.
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Lockout/Tagout Safety Video
Lockout/tagout procedures are vital to a safe work environment. If you utilize powered equipment, everyone in your facility needs to be aware of proper lockout/tagout procedures. This video is a great way to start your training.
Machine Guarding & Conveyor Safety Safety Video
Emphasizes that machine guarding is not foolproof and requires employee responsibility when working with machinery. The last segment of the program addresses safety concerns regarding employees who work with or near conveyor systems.
Hand And Power Tool Safety Safety Video
Explains electrical safety, impact tools, wrenches, cheater bars, and miscellaneous safety when using hand and power tools. Emphasizes safety behavior and attitude.
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Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. Employees who successfully complete this course will learn to define machine guarding, locate fundamental machine areas, machine hazards, the types of machine guards, and the types of machine devices. This course is intended for employees who, during their regular work duties, are required to work with or around machines equipped with guarded machinery, and can assist employers in meeting the provisions of OSHA’s Machinery and Machine Guarding standard.
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