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What you NEED to tell your employees when doing a toolbox talk on machine guarding

by , 08 April 2014
You have a legal obligation to ensure your machines are properly guarded. But, that's not the end of it. You have to train your employees on the safety measures they must take when working on machines so they don't harm themselves. What's the best way to do this? Conduct a toolbox talk on machine guarding and tell your employees the following...

Here's what to cover when doing a toolbox talk on machine guarding

When doing a toolbox talk on machine guarding, tell your employees about the importance of obeying safety rules.

Tell them that many people die while working with machines and most of these deaths happen because safety rules aren't obeyed.

Tell your employees that when they remove guards from machines, they're putting their life on the line.

Let them know that the working parts of any machine are very dangerous and they should never put their hands inside, unless the machine has been shut down and the energy source has been isolated.

In addition to this, outline what your employees can do to protect themselves when working with machines.

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During your toolbox talk on machine guarding, tell your employees to do the following to protect themselves

The Health & Safety Advisor gives you five things your employees need to know about machine guarding:

#1: Don't take guards off machines, unless the machine's switched off and the energy sources have been isolated.

#2: Don't put your fingers in the machine, even for a few seconds. A nano-second's all it takes to chop off your fingers or hands.

#3: Machines can pull your entire body into the working parts. Don't wear jewellery, ties, and loose fitting clothes when you work with machines.

#4: If your hair's long, tie it up so it doesn't get caught in the machine.

#5: If in doubt, get the right person for the job to help you.

The bottom line: You must conduct a toolbox talk on machine guarding so your employees know how to work with machines safety.  Make sure you cover the issues we've mentioned above.

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