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'?
#3: Are all the required legal signs relating to the operating and cleaning of moving machinery displayed clearly?
#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?
Well there you have it. Using this checklist will help ensure your machinery meets the required safety standard.
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