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Do you know the three safety requirements for sanding machines?

by , 20 December 2013
Do your employees work with sanding machines? If so your machines fall within the driven machinery regulations. And this means you must comply with these three requirements.

As mentioned, sanding machines are part of driven machinery. If you use them in your company, make sure you adhere to following requirements.

Three safety requirements for sanding machines

Requirement #1: When you use a drum-sanding machine it must be properly guarded so that it completely encloses the revolving drum – the only part that should be unguarded is the part that you need to do the work.

Requirement #2: When you use a disc sanding machine you must completely enclose the periphery and the back of the sanding disc as well as the part of the working face of the disc under the table.

Requirement #3: When you use a belt sanding machine you must have guards at the trap points where the sanding belt runs onto the pulleys.

You also need to make sure that the parts of the belt not being used for sanding are properly enclosed.

Please note that sanding machines aren't the only machines that fall into the driven machinery regulations.

The Health & Safety Advisor says the machinery listed below is considered driven machinery under the driven machinery regulations:

  • Revolving machinery
  • Circular saws
  • Band saws and knives
  • Wood planning machines
  • Wood moulding and mortising machines
  • Sanding machines
  • Grinding machines
  • Shears, guillotines and presses
  • Slitting machines
  • Mixing, agitating or similar machines
  • Rolls and calendars
  • Washing machines and centrifugal extractors
  • Air compressors
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning installations
  • Transportation plants
  • Goods hoists
  • Lifting machines and lifting tackle
  • Builder's hoists
  • Explosive power tools

Well there you have it. Now that you know the three safety requirements for sanding machines, comply with driven machinery regulations.

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