Online Dangerous Machines Safety Checklist

General Hazards

The machinery is not broken and has all appropriate parts

 Yes  No

Workers tie their hair back and don’t wear loose fitting clothing, to prevent entanglement.

 Yes  No

Guarding

The machinery is properly guarded and safety interlocks are regularly checked before operating

 Yes  No

The machinery only operates with the guarding attached.

 Yes  No

People can’t operate the machinery without the guarding attached

 Yes  No

Deadlines don’t encourage people to remove guards to speed up production

 Yes  No

Operator controls are easily accessible and clearly labelled.

 Yes  No

Warning lights and sounds are working.

 Yes  No

Maintenance and Servicing

Whether it’s trying to remove a simple blockage, or performing scheduled maintenance, a high proportion of injuries occur when power is still available to a machine. You must ensure:

Energy supply and services such as power, water and air are physically isolated before any maintenance is done

 Yes  No

An isolation procedure is in place and stored energy in the machine, such as spring tension, gravity or hydraulic pressure is released before maintenance is undertaken.

 Yes  No

A system of work is discussed and control measures are put in place when scheduled servicing occurs

 Yes  No

Guards or other separation mechanisms are replaced once maintenance is finished

 Yes  No

Contractors who come on site to service machinery are inducted to your worksite.

 Yes  No

Training

Workers are provided with regular information about the hazards associated with machinery and how to operate them safely

 Yes  No

Workers can identify when the machinery is not safe to use

 Yes  No

Workers know how to report hazards and incidents

 Yes  No

Training is continuously reviewed and improvements and changes are incorporated

 Yes  No

Supervision

Effective supervision plays a key role in reducing injuries in workplaces.

Supervisors know how to identify the hazards related to operating machines

 Yes  No

Supervisors have the ability and authority to implement risk controls

 Yes  No

Supervisors regularly observe workers using the machinery to check things are being done the right way

 Yes  No

Supervisors intervene if things are being done unsafely

 Yes  No

Supervisors ensure only trained workers are allowed to operate or maintain machinery

 Yes  No

Supervisors create an environment where workers speak up if they see anything unsafe

 Yes  No

Purchasing New Machinery and Equipment

The machinery is manufactured in compliance with appropriate standard. This will ensure it has all the required safety features already installed.

 Yes  No

Operation and maintenance information is provided by the supplier

 Yes  No

Training, maintenance and service support is offered by the supplier

 Yes  No

There is enough room at your workplace to operate, maintain, service and clean the machinery

 Yes  No

If your machine will be moved from location to location, consider the mobility issues associated with that use (how heavy is it? can it be transported over different terrains? do safety devices need removing to move it?)

 Yes  No

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