5 Ways to Ensure Machine Safety Standards 

 5 Ways to Ensure Machine Safety Standards 

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Machine safety is a crucial and complex factor in any organization that automates its production. If you have machines, safety should be at the top of your priorities for maximum optimization of your resource performance and profits. Here are five ways to ensure machine safety in your company.

Safety Requirements Review and Documentation 

Machine safety is a requirement in the United States, so you need to adhere to the general standards set by the state. Besides, the Health and Safety Act has provisions that require you to protect all your workers against any possible dangers in your workplace. If you want your workers to remain conversant and in compliance with such regulations, consider reviewing and documenting them for easy access.

In the long run, your team will remain vigilant and responsible enough to avoid hazards such as crushing machines, flying debris, sparks, and high-pressure equipment, among others. Every member of your team should put safety first and act accordingly whenever they sense any danger from the equipment.  Also, ensure that everyone working around potentially dangerous equipment wears the right personal protective equipment and is well trained on how to operate it.

Machine Risk Assessment

If you want to improve the safety of your machine, it’s crucial to assess all the risks associated with it. Assessment involves identification, analysis, and neutralization of any hazards relevant to the machine. Such hazards include risks of zapping, burning, maiming, cutting, or crushing. The entire assessment process includes knowing all the hazards and their potential harm and coming up with ways of controlling or neutralizing those hazards.

You should assess all your equipment during the purchase and regularly while in use to make any necessary safety improvements in the long run. If you want better machine safety standards, consider hiring a machine safety assessment expert to assist you in the entire process of reducing injuries and maintaining your safety. Experts will do risk assessment, hierarchy of control application and design sensible safeguards, thus helping you reduce costs in the long run.

Training of Workers

Training your workers on machine safety is crucial in ensuring safety at your workplace. Everyone that comes in contact with the machines, including maintenance technicians and operators, should be trained on how to use the machines, the risks involved, safety requirements, and what to do in case of any alarming dangers.

Also, retrain your workers whenever you upgrade or replace your equipment. Even a slight change in how your machine operates can cause serious destruction to your company. So, consider doing regular reviews to ensure that all your workers are well trained after any changes or upgrades. You can also include emergency response and first aid training alongside the review sessions.

Upgrades and New Installations

After a thorough risk assessment, you’ll know where you need new installations, replacements, or upgrades to ensure safety in your company. For instance, if you discover that some safety components or systems of your machine have undergone adjustment, bypass, or modification, consider updating them by making the necessary upgrades to restore them to their original design and specifications. Some safety upgrades include:

1. Upgrading faulty safety guards.

2. Replacement of damaged switches.

3 Installation of emergency buttons.

4 Improving access control with safety lights.

5 Installing single-stroke equipment.

Work with your operators to make sure they know about all the changes and upgrades you’ve made to your machines.

Safety Signage 

There is a safety legal requirement that you identify specific hazards using signage. For instance, you can check all the safety requirements for every piece of equipment you purchase and stick visible hard copies on the walls to alert every user of the risks or dangers involved in using the equipment. 

The safety signs remind all your workers about the importance of keeping the workplace safe while highlighting crucial hazards and safety measures. Other areas of operation, such as warning against electrical shock, fire, dangerous chemicals, and corrosion materials, require the use of safety signage.

Remember, machine safety practices reduce the risk of injury and ensure less time is wasted on damage and mishaps. In general, you need to carry out risk assessments on all your machines, document all possible risks, and train your team to be aware of the risks involved.

SamanthaH

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