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10 Rules for Machine Safety

by Chris Kilbourne

Do your employees understand the fundamental machine safety rules? Here are 10 rules supervisors can present at their next machine safety meeting.

Never remove or try to defeat machine safeguards.

2.   Don’t create new hazards, such as allowing objects to fall into the moving parts or by creating a new pinch point.

3.   Report problems with machine safeguards to your supervisor immediately.

4.   Never leave machines unattended with parts still moving. Remember that parts may still be moving after the machine has been turned off.

5.   Remove guards only when the machine has been locked out and tagged out.

6.   If possible, lubricate machine parts without removing the safeguard; otherwise, turn the machine off and lock it out before lubricating.

7.   Operate equipment only when guards are in place and properly adjusted.

8.   Do not use unauthorized or damaged guards.

9.   Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, or long hair around machines—these increase the risk of being caught in the machinery.

10. Ask your supervisor if you have any questions about a machine safety or how to work with machine guards safely.