Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Machine Checklist Part 2

Looking after your equipment is an important part of running your business.  These items are related to how the workers use that equipment, and they can be important to understanding how strong your machine safety program is.

Point of Operation: Ask your operators if they can indicate what the point of operation is for their machine.  Can they tell you what the hazards are with contacting the point of operation, will they be pinched, crushed or entangled?  You’ve done lots of training with your operators, but can they repeat this information back to you.  More importantly can they show you on the equipment in a practical sense where the hazards are.

TIP TO SUSTAIN: If you have a risk assessment, make sure this information is on it.  If you have work procedures, make sure the point of operation, its associated hazards and any controls for those hazards are in these procedures.

Energy Sources: Bring anyone that does service on the equipment together.  Ask them to indicate all the energy sources and show you were they are located.  Ask them how to release stored energy.  Here is an important challenge for them.  Get them to show you how to verify that energy has been isolated.  How do they prove that energy is controlled?

TIP TO SUSTAIN: Make sure your lockout procedures contain the verification steps.  This is important as a double check to ensure the lockout has been followed correctly.

Maintenance: Talk to the people that service the equipment.  Get them to show you any of the guards that need to be removed to service (when the machine is locked out).  Find out from them if energy is required for service.

TIP TO SUSTAIN: This is a good opportunity to discover if some safeguards are preventing maintenance from performing their function.  Instead of waiting to find them on the ground at some point, be proactive and engage them to find out why guards need to be removed, how frequent and any reasons why they may not be put back on.

This is not a comprehensive list of items to talk to workers about, just some tips to get you started.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summer Machine Checklist

Servicing and inspecting equipment is often done during summer shutdown.  Here are some safeguarding items you can have a look for.

Missing Guards: When you are looking at equipment, check for any missing guards.  Maybe someone took them off for service, or maybe they were removed for another reason. 

TIP TO SUSTAIN: Find out the reason they were not replaced in the first place.  Discipling someone for removing guards is important, but finding out the why to determine how to improve the guarding is an important step.

Broken Guards: Inspect the machines for broken or damaged guards.  It’s important to repair damaged guards immediately because holes or openings might allow people to reach the hazards these guards are meant to protect them from.

TIP TO SUSTAIN: Has the guard been impacted by material flying off the equipment?  If it has, update your risk assessment and look to eliminate the hazard of flying material or redesign the guard to withstand.

Lockout Points: During this time of service, many of the equipment will need to be locked out.  This is a good time to inspect the lockout points and ensure they are working.

TIP TO SUSTAIN: This is a great time to observe a complete lockout of the equipment.  Update your lockout procedures and look for flaws in the process.

Machine Controls:  Test out the start/stop and emergency stops.  Make sure they are all working and correctly labelled.  Are they doing what they are supposed to do?

TIP TO SUSTAIN:  Have an operator activate the emergency stop, is it readily accessible, or do they have to think and reach for it.

This is not a comprehensive list of items to check for, just some tips to get you started.  If you have any questions, or want some help in evaluating your current safeguards feel free to contact us.  

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