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MACHINE HAZARDS RISK FACTORS Hazardous Energy Hot Surfaces Moving Parts Sharp Edges Chemical Exposure MACHINE HAZARDS STEP ONE: RAISE AWARENESS (RECOGNITION) WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW All relevant hazards and risks Thorough understanding of the machine's life cycle and its operation Associated hazards and safeguarding requirements WHAT WE SHOULD LOOK FOR Accessible moving parts Condition of machine Exposures, hidden access, reaching over, bypassed interlocks, pinch/nip points, points where operator interacts with machines Awkward operations and unsafe behaviour around equipment Health condition of worker WHAT DO WE MEAN BY 'MACHINE HAZARDS'? Exposure to moving parts that can lead to injuries Exposure to hazardous energy that could cause injury, including electrical, thermal, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gravitational WHY PREVENT MACHINE HAZARDS? Every year, approximately 2,500 people are injured because of machine-related incidents, accounting for almost 6% of all lost-time injuries in Ontario* Injuries can be life altering and have severe consequences Injuries impact workers, coworkers, and family Equipment is unforgiving and incidents can happen quickly WHAT THE LAW SAYS Workplace machines safety law in Ontario is based on the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). OHSA requires that employers take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers. Sections 25, 27, and 28 refer to duties and responsibilities of employers, supervisors, and workers. *Source: By the Numbers: 2013 WSIB Statistical Report HAZARD SPOTLIGHT

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