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Does your company use generators? If so, display this safety notice

by , 26 August 2013
If your company uses generators, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you display a notice on the cage of your generator. The notice must have a heading and carry these nine rules. Find out what these rules are so you can comply...

It's crucial you comply with the health and safety regulations if you use generators. To do this, you must display a safety notice on the cage of your generator.

If you don't comply with the legal requirements for generators, you'll be guilty of an offence. And, if you're convicted in court, you'll pay a fine of up to R1 000 or go to jail for up to six months, warns the Health&Safety Advisor.

Are you prepared to take that risk?

Display this notice on the cage of your generator and ensure it carries these nine rules

The notice on the cage of your generator must have a heading and the following rules:

Heading: Machinery and Occupational Safety Act, 1983 Notice in respect of machinery other than a boiler under regulation 9 (2) of the General Machinery Regulations, 1988

Nine rules that must be on the notice for the generator:

#1: Every employer or user of machinery is required by law to provide safety equipment in connection with machinery and it is an offence for any person to fail to use such equipment properly or to interfere with them.

#2: No person working in close proximity to moving machinery shall wear any loosely fitting outer clothing, any jewellery or ornament, any watch or key chain, any long loose-hanging hair or anything which may be caught up in the moving parts of such machinery.

#3: Unless an apparatus approved by an inspector is used, no driving belt shall be shipped or unshipped whilst machinery is in motion, except in the case of a light belt which may be shipped on the coned pulley of a machine tool in order to alter the working speed of such tool.

#4: Machinery in motion shall not be cleaned, repaired, adjusted or oiled, unless such machinery is cleaned, repaired, adjusted or oiled by a competent person when it is impracticable to stop such machinery.

#5: No person other than a competent person shall enter the safeguarded area of machinery in motion and then only if it is impracticable to stop such machinery.

#6: No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall enter any premises where machinery is used.

#7: Any accident or other incident which threatens or is likely to threaten the safety of employees shall be reported immediately to the employer, or user of machinery.

#8: No person supervising machinery and no person operating machinery shall, without the permission of his superior, authorise any other person to do his work.

#9: Any person intending to start a machine shall before doing so satisfy himself that no other person is endangered.

Well there you have it. Not only must you display a safety notice on the cage of your generator, but make sure it carries the above mentioned rules. If you don't, you'll land up in big trouble with the OHSA.

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