Friday, March 23, 2018

Critical Item : Operating Stations

Operating Stations contain controls that make machinery perform the function it was designed for.  Here are some areas that need to be considered.

Hazards:

Operator don’t have adequate vision of the process they are controlling:  They can’t see problems form and address them before a larger issue occurs.

Controls are not comfortably located: Ergonomic issues are caused by operators reaching or standing at operating stations for long periods of time.

Access to hazardous parts of the mechanism when accessing controls:  Larger hazards of the equipment can be accessed when approaching Operating Stations.

Accidental Activation of foot controls:  These controls are not shrouded and can be activated inadvertently.

Safeguards:

Adequately Positioned Controls

No access to hazardous parts of transfer mechanisms, conveyors

Shrouded Foot Controls, or otherwise arranged to prevent accidental activation

References:

CSA Z432-16: Safeguarding of Machinery, Section 7.11

 

Posted by Kristin Petaski at 1:07 PM

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