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TBT: Machine Shop Safety

TBT: Machine Shop Safety

Machine shops are an integral part of the an industries. Machine shops can pose a myriad of hazards that must be taken seriously. Many of the most frequently cited safety standards pertain to machine safeguarding, many machinery accidents occur each year in industry, causing over one thousand fatalities. 

HSE has developed these standard practices for all types of machine shops. In addition, each machine shop has location-specific rules that must be observed by shop users.

Basic Shop Safety Rules

       Users must receive department-approved instruction on each piece of equipment prior to using it for the first time.

       Make sure emergency contact numbers are posted and emergency response procedures are in place.

       Never permit operators to wear loose clothing or jewelry. Long hair must be secured up.

       No open-toed shoes or sandals.

       Safety glasses are to be worn at all times while machines & tools are in use.

       No food or drink is permitted in the workshop.

       Cell phones, Mp3 players, and other personal electronic devices must not be used when working at any machine. Loud music is prohibited.

       Ensure aisles and exit paths remain unobstructed at all times. Users are required to clean up all chips, dirt, oil, etc. produced by the use of any piece of equipment.

       All tools must be cleaned and returned to the proper location when finished. No tools are to be removed from shop without authorization.

       Users must not undertake any actions that may injure or distract other users or result in damage to equipment or the work of others. No horseplay allowed in the shop.

         All injuries shall be immediately reported to the shop supervisor. 
A combination of guards (rigid barriers) and devices (interlocks, stop buttons) must be used to protect against the hazards of:

       Power transmission devices – belts, gears, chains, etc

       Points of operation - cutting edges

       Moving parts – rotary movement, in-running nip points

       Flying chips/materials

General Machine Safety Rules

       A machine designed for a fixed location must be securely anchored to prevent walking or moving.

       No equipment is to be left running while unattended.

       Any damage to the machines, tools, fixtures, etc. must be reported to a supervisor immediately.

       Machines shall be completely stopped and DE-energized before attempting to clear jammed work or debris.

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