Equipment Safety | Best Practices

Norah Dick, Window and Door Staff
May 18, 2018
ONLINE EXCLUSIVE, COLUMN : In the Trenches | Operations


Employer Checklist

  • Perform a “hazard” assessment of the factory, required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,, to determine physical hazards, like moving objects and temperature, as well as health hazards, such as overexposure to harmful dusts and chemicals
  • Perform regular maintenance on machines
  • Replace machinery that is not working properly
  • Make sure all lockout/tagout procedures are strictly followed
  • Identify appropriate PPE for hazards
  • Train employees in the proper use and care of PPE
  • Require that employees use and maintain PPE in a sanitary and reliable condition
  • Replace worn/damaged PPE
  • Review, evaluate and update the effectiveness of PPE programs

Employee Checklist

  • Keep the work area clear and free of clutter
  • Follow all manufacturer’s instructions
  • Follow lockout/tagout procedures
  • Inspect all tools for soundness before using
  • Sharpen all cutting tools before using
  • Immediately stop using machines or tools whenever they malfunction, and call maintenance
  • Do not attempt machine or tool repairs unless professionally qualified.
  • Wear PPE properly
  • Attend training sessions
  • Care for, clean and maintain PPE; inform supervisors if PPE needs to be replaced.