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Working safely with machines

Image of gears, conveyors, cogs, spindles and pulleys.

Gears, conveyors, cogs, spindles, and pulleys – the workplace is full of moving parts. 

Images showing workers on machines that can catch clothing, hair and crush body parts

And each one can potentially catch clothing, snag hair, or crush body parts. But you can protect yourself by always using machine safeguarding devices.

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Safeguarding devices such as physical guarding separate people from machinery.

When do machines need safeguarding devices?

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 A guard is necessary if a machine meets the MAC criteria:

  • M: Is it MOVING?
  • A: It is ACCESSIBLE?
  • C: Are there CONSEQUENCES if a moving part makes contact with a worker?

Tips to work safely with machines

No red circle images showing never to go around, under, through or over any guard

1. Never remove or make ineffective any safeguarding devices placed on machinery.  

Use AUTO to remember to never go:

  • UNDER 
  • THROUGH or
  • OVER any guard

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2. Tie up or tuck in anything that could get caught – ties, sleeves, hair, jewellery, lanyards, or head coverings.

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3. Use the Lockout Tagout procedure if you need to reach or step inside a machine. Check out the video and article on Lockout Tagout to learn more.

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If you have any questions or see anything unsafe, talk to your supervisor. By staying alert and aware, you can go home safe at the end of the day. 

You can also watch the video version of Working with machines safely in manufacturing.