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Your four legal obligations when it comes to driven machinery in the workplace

by , 27 October 2015
Driven machinery includes things such as circular saws, band saws, knives, wood planning machines, grinding machines, rolls and calendars etc.

Now, if you use driven machinery, it's vital you understand your legal obligations.

Here are your four legal obligations when it comes to driven machinery:

1. You have to provide systems of work, plant, and machinery that are safe – and that don't put you or your employees in unnecessary danger.
 
2.You must send all of your employees for training BEFORE letting them use any of your machinery. Also, make sure when your employees work with the machinery, there's a competent person (supervisor) to oversee them. You must ensure the supervisor is properly trained and
knows all of the risks. let them make decisions about employee safety to keep them safe.
 
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3. Protect your employees while they work with driven machinery by giving them Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – if they need it. If you have any hazardous machinery, you must take any necessary precautions to protect them from harm.
 
4. Ensure your employees comply with all the regulations of the Act regulating driven machinery.
 

*Those were your four legal obligations when it comes to driven machinery.


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