You must apply the following eight standards if your employees use plant or machinery.
Revealed: Eight standards you must apply if your employees work with machinery
Standard #1: You must appoint a competent person to supervise machinery.
According to the Health & Safety Advisor, a competent person is any person who has served an apprenticeship in an engineering trade, which included the operation and maintenance of machinery
Standard #2: You and your employees must use your machinery in a manner that ensures the health and safety of everyone in your company.
Standard #3: Ensure you conduct risk assessments and implement precautionary measures to operate your machinery.
Standard #4: When working on moving or electrically alive machinery, you must ensure your operator is sufficiently trained and that he's taken all precautionary measures.
Standard #5: You must install stop and start devices. Your stop/start devices must meet these four health and safety requirements.
Standard #6: You must report incidents connected with machinery to a Department of Labour inspector.
Standard #7: You must notify your divisional inspector of any notifiable substances on site.
Standard #8: You must provide information regarding General Machinery Regulations. This means you must give your competent persons a copy of the Act and Regulations. Also ensure that Schedules C and D are available to view in a visible place.
Now that you know the eight standards you must apply if your employees use plant or machinery, make sure you comply to avoid penalties.