27 Feb 2014
# 10 Machine Guards-Part of the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Fiscal 2013 Series
Since the invention of moving equipment, elevators, automobiles, and pumps, there has been the opportunity for the operators of that equipment to crush their arm or hand, sever fingers with the hazards created by the moving parts. Even today, moving parts have the potential to fulfill that list. With injuries from the past, we as a society have learned to protect ourselves and our workers by eliminating or controlling the hazards just by adding proper safeguards, referred to as Machine Guards. Severe injuries can lead to your employee suffering from permanent disabilities, affecting him and his family.
OSHA reports that workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths annually.
Machine guarding hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for the general industry, marine terminals, longshoring, the construction and agriculture industries.
Protect your employees from machinery related injury or death exposures by complying with this standard. To ensure the safety of your workers, follow these action steps:
1. Inspect each machine to identify moving parts on the equipment and other possible hazards, such as flying debris and stored energy associated with the operation of that equipment. Ensure that the fixed equipment is anchored to prevent it from moving while in operation. The slightest unexpected movement can cause the operator to flinch and could have severe consequences.
2. Once you have identified the hazards with your equipment, ensure that the fixed guards and other safeguard device controls to engineer the hazard out of the equation are in place. Other safeguard device controls would include: 2-hand switch operation, laser guards, restraints, and similar engineering technology that prevent your employee from accessing an identified “danger zone.” Remember to consider all moving/rotating equipment hazards. Rotating fan blades less than 7’ above a working area should also be guarded.
3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is important, but it is considered a last resort. Engineer the hazard out of the operations or have clear, effective administration controls in place to prevent a hazard before relying on PPE, such as safety glasses.
4. Train employees operating the equipment to look for hazards and ask them to report any hazards seen. If an employee brings a legitimate concern to you, fix it! Remind your employees that it is their responsibility to work in a safe manner and to communicate identified hazardous or unsafe working conditions to management.
5. Test and maintain your existing equipment safeguards, inspect any new equipment before operating to identify “danger zones,” and never assume that people will take the proper precautions without having them clearly explained. Always be proactive in communicating with and training your staff, and inspecting and maintaining the equipment they use.
For more information in regards to machine guarding visit the OSHA website.
(Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013)
Each year, OSHA tally’s up the violations to determine the “Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards”. The list is published with the intent to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and fix recognized hazards addressed in these and other standards before OSHA shows up. There are opportunities to prevent injuries and illnesses within the workplace.
- 1926.501 – Fall Protection
- 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication
- 1926.451 – Scaffolding
- 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection
- 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods
- 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks
- 1926.1053 – Ladders
- 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout
- 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements
- 1910.212 – Machine Guarding
*As of 10/25/13
Safety Partners, Ltd would like to assist you in recognizing and addressing these hazards within your workplace. Over the next 10 weeks, we will be covering each one of the Most Frequently Cited Standards and together helping your employees to go home to their family.
07 Feb 2014
It’s that time of the year that everyone dreads because of the cold weather, snow, and ice. Some people don’t realize that it not only can affect their lifestyles but it can also affect your cars. During these long dreadful months it is difficult for us to function the way they would in the spring but what you don’t realize is that it will also take a toll on your cars. It is almost likely that the winter weather will bring dreadfully low temperatures, several days of snow, and icy road hazards. For these situations it is very important to follow these cold weather tips when it comes to winterizing your cars. If there are some of these that you have not done yet, don’t worry because it is never too late to accomplish them during the winter months.
Cold Weather Tips
Your car is your form of transportation that gets you to and from work, events, and other daily activities that come up. You rely on your car for just about everything you have to do. This should make your car a huge priority to get winterized and prepared for anything that Mother Nature might throw your way.
Everyone’s expectations for their vehicles grow tremendously throughout the winter because as the temperatures drop it seems like the more they expect from their cars. There are many elements that will go against you and your car during the winter.
To protect against these elements you will want to have a good idea of what to do when it comes to winterizing your car. Take action and follow these cold weather tips for winterizing your car.
Heating and air conditioning. Your car’s HVAC system needs to be in working order for you to even think about driving your car during the winter. This will not only take a toll on your car but could also be a potential health risk for you.
Check your antifreeze levels. Your car’s antifreeze levels are very important. It not only helps keeping your car from overheating in the summer months, but most importantly antifreeze keeps your car from freezing during the winter months. Antifreeze is there to protect your car all year-round and it is very important to maintain three-fourths to a full tank of antifreeze.
Change your oil consistently. Regular oil changes in the winter are very important because the oil offers your car protection. It is important to get regular oil changes in the winter because as it gets colder the oil thickens. If your engine’s oil is too thick it will not do the best job at keeping your engine lubricated. For best results you can check your owner’s manual for guidance on which oil to use.
Check your battery. The cold weather can reduce your battery capacity. If you check the terminals, cables, and fluid in your battery this will help you make sure your car is ready for winter.
Prepare an emergency kit. It is always important to keep these following items in your car during the winter: a blanket, an extra pair of warm clothes, boots, gloves, a hat, an ice scrapper, jumper cables, a proper tool kit, a spare tire, and proper tire changing equipment. If it happens that you do get stranded during the winter, it is always important to have those items in your car at all times. This will not eliminate the fear of getting stuck, but can eliminate some of the stress if this incident does occur.
Maintaining your oil and checking, checking your antifreeze levels, and checking your battery are three very important things for you to do during the winter. Nobody wants to be stuck in a car in freezing cold weather. The best thing to do for avoiding this situation is to follow the cold weather tips for winterizing your car. Just remember that it is never too late to winterize your car. It is better to be comfortable with driving your car in the winter, than having to stress about whether you will make it to your destination.