Friday, November 20, 2015

Have You Done Your Due Diligence When it Comes to Machine Safety?


Can you confidently say that all of your equipment is sufficiently safeguarded to properly protect your employees from workplace accidents? If your answer is no, you are not alone. However, it is part of your due diligence to ensure that your employees are working on safe machinery that meets Manitoba Workplace Safety & Health Regulations.

Although it would be nice if machine manufacturers and distributors ensured that the machines they build and sell meet provincial safeguarding standards, the reality is they often do not. Ultimately the responsibility lies with you, the end user, and it is an important component to providing a safe working environment for your employees. In Manitoba, machinery must be in compliance with CSA Standard Z432-04: Safeguarding of Machinery as stated in Part 16 of the Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health Regulations.

The best way to look at safeguarding is to consider whether all potential hazards are sufficiently guarded on your equipment and if your employees are properly protected.  Do not ask yourself what is likely or probable to occur, but rather what is possible to occur.  The only way to show that you’ve done your due diligence on each machine is to perform a risk assessment. RISK ASSESSMENT, RISK ASSESSMENT, RISK ASSESSMENT, we cannot say these words enough! Due diligence can be a scary phrase in the safety and health field, so put your mind at ease and have risk assessments for each machine in your facility. Don’t wait for an accident to occur, take the initiative and properly guard your equipment before someone gets seriously hurt.  Protect yourself and your employees, it is your responsibility.

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