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Use this checklist to ensure you're effectively guarding your workplace machinery

by , 15 April 2016
If your company operates with the use of machinery, then it's obvious that the workplace risks will be high for your employees.

That's why you need to guard all your workplace machinery. Not only is this required by law, but doing this will also help protect your employees from a terrible accident, which could lead to thousands in medical claims. What's more is that by effectively guarding your workplace machinery, it can even increase productivity by improving employee confidence in the workplace. After all, no one can work at their best when they're anxious about unguarded machinery.

So complete this checklist of questions today to ensure your workplace machinery is properly guarded...


Attention! Health and Safety specialists face fines imposed by the DoL!
Recently, the Department of Labour (DoL) conducted over 190,000 impromptu health and safety inspections. It even shut down a company for failing to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

Employers have been warned that there will be many more inspections.
Don't let them show up at your door unannounced.
Question 'YES' 'NO'
1. Do you inspect all of your machine guarding every day? 
This will make sure that all the guarding is in place before your workers begin working. Try to create a culture of daily inspections when it comes to machine guarding.
2. Do you regularly remind your cleaning staff to obey all of your cleaning procedures and ensure that they stick to strict procedure when replacing the guards?
3. Do you train and monitor all workers who use the machinery?
Often machines come with manuals. Train your workers with these and make sure that they are competent to operate any potentially dangerous machinery.
4. Do you clearly display a notice that warns all in the area that there is moving machinery?
NOTE: This notice could either be in writing or in the form of a pictogram.
5. Do you have 'safe work processes' for dangerous machinery, and do you train all relevant workers accordingly?
6. Does your Health and Safety Officer inspect all moving machinery at least once a month?
7. Do you keep a special checklist for all your workplace machines so that you can record which of them are damaged, inadequate or guarded?
*If you can answer 'YES' to all of the above questions, you're on the right track to effectively guarding your workplace machinery.
To learn more on effectively guarding your workplace machinery, page over to M 02 in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or if you don't already have this fantastic health and safety resource you can click here to order your copy today.
PS: Don't forget to have clearly displayed notices of the General Machinery Regulations, otherwise you stand to be punished by law! 

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