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General Machinery Regulations: Make sure you apply these eight safety standards

by , 02 December 2013
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to ensure your machinery is safe and without risk to your employees. How do you do this? Follow these eight safety standards...

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.
 

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