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Here's how to tell if you have the right safety equipment around your machinery

by , 04 July 2014
If your employees work with machinery, they're in danger every day.

Machinery could burn, cut, squash or deafen them.
And if you don't have the right safety equipment in place, anyone of these accidents could happen.

Do you know what safety equipment you should have to prevent this?

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Three tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.

It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?
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Machinery without safety equipment can cause serious accidents

 
Machinery can be extremely dangerous. Even if you've thoroughly trained your employees on how to use it, accidents can still happen.
 
So you need to ensure you have the right safety equipment around this machinery. Here's how to check if you do...
 

Do you have the right safety measures around your machinery?

 
Does your machinery:
 
Overheat or cause sparks: If your machinery does this, install heatproof safety glass around it. This will protect your employees from burns.
 
Have exposed, moving parts: These could trap your employees' clothing, that could pull their limbs into the machinery.
 
Install motion detectors to shut the machinery down if it detects something in the way. Alternatively, you can put a barrier, such as wire mesh, over these areas.
 
Have blades: These could cut your employees. Consider installing motion detectors to shut the machine off if the blades move.
 
Makes a lot of noise: Occupational deafness is a serious problem. You must put sound proofing panels around the machinery to try reduce the noise.
 
But don't forget, your employees must also wear their protective clothing when they work with machinery
 
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By law you must have one first aid kit in your workplace
 
If you employ 5 people or more you must have at least one first aid kit in your workplace. And it must contain these 18 items.
 
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PPE is important safety equipment when your employees work with machinery

 
You must ensure your employees always wear their safety gloves, goggles and ear plugs when they work with machinery.
 
With these safety measures, your employees with be 100% protected from machinery-related accidents!

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