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Have you applied these safety standards to your machinery? If not, use this checklist...

by , 15 January 2014
The Department of Labour can visit your workplace at any time to inspect the safety of your machines. If they find you don't have sufficient machine guarding, you could face prosecution. Don't take that risk! Use this handy checklist to make sure your machinery meets the required standard.

You must apply certain safety standards to ensure your machinery is safe to use.

To make this easy for you, we've developed a checklist that'll help ensure your machinery meets the required standard.

Use this handy checklist to make sure your machinery meets the required standard.

Checklist: You must answer 'yes' or 'no' to these questions and apply corrective measures if required:

#1: Is all moving machinery within normal reach of any person effectively guarded?

#2: If machinery can be easily reached by using stairs, ladders, is it classed as 'within normal reach'?

  • The Health & Safety Advisor says if machinery is within normal reach, the danger zones or 'nip points' can easily be reached, even if someone stumbles and falls. This can result in serious injury. But, if the machinery is guarded, it prevents people from reaching into such danger zones and being injured.
  • If the danger zone or nip point is 'beyond normal reach', it means people can't reach it and, therefore, can't injure themselves.

#3: Are all the required legal signs relating to the operating and cleaning of moving machinery displayed clearly?

  • Normally such signs are a pictogram of a crocodile with open jaws.

#4: When grid guards are used, is the mesh size small enough to prevent employees from inserting any body part (including a finger) into the danger zone?

#5: Are electrical lock-out or protection systems permitted in place of mechanical guarding where necessary?

#6: Where you use a handrail to limit access to machinery, is it of solid construction and correctly colour coded in yellow for the horizontal bars and black for the vertical bars. Also, does the handrail enclose the entire machine and is it fitted with a drop/lock bar with locking capability?

#7: Are the necessary warning notices affixed to the handrails?

  • This can either be a sign stating 'Beware moving machinery' or alternatively a pictogram of a crocodile with open jaws.

Well there you have it. Using this checklist will help ensure your machinery meets the required safety standard.

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