Meeting OSHA regulations for woodworking and metal cutting machines is both complex and costly. It is critical for employers to provide a safe working environment. Typical hazardous workplace applications include factories, sawmills, processing plants with conveyor belts, woodworking shops, jewelry shops etc. These industries many grinding, cutting and rotating tools that must be stopped quickly and efficiently in order to prevent injuries.
Safety is a huge concern when it comes to working with equipment such as wood chippers, band saws, milling machines, conveyors, grinders, and more. Without being safety-conscious while operating this kind of machinery, you could find yourself severely injured or worse. It’s very important that you’re paying attention to the conditions you’re working in, the status of your machine’s braking system, whether or not your eyes and ears are covered, and so much more. In this two-part blog on safety, let’s discuss some of the most important safety precautions when it comes to working with heavy duty machinery, equipment, and applications.
When it comes to eye protection, it’s important for employers to follow the PPE requirements below:
- Employers must make sure that each employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases, or potentially dangerous light radiation.
- Employers need to see to it that each affected employee uses eye protection that offers side protection when there is a hazard present from flying objects.
- Employers must ensure that each affected employee who wears prescription glasses or contact lenses is provided with protective eyewear the has said prescription built-in.
- For the purpose of protecting affected employees from harmful light radiation, employers must ensure that each affected employee uses equipment with filter lenses that have a shade number relative to the work being performed.
Working around large equipment cutting and grinding can damage hearing. In some cases, the direct result of working in an environment where our ears are exposed to repetitive louder decibels will eventually cause irreparable damage to our hearing. Sadly, many become less sensitive to loud noises over time and may not think they need ear protection. Certain professions such as working with loud machinery are worse than others on your hearing. So make the smart choice and, protect your ears to prevent hearing loss.
Working with heavy-duty power woodworking and metal cutting and grinding machines are tough on your hands. Whether you’re dealing with large saws, wood chippers, or other similar machines, it’s vital to protect your hands from potential cuts and abrasions. Wearing protective leather gloves could literally mean the difference between a simple close call and a trip to the emergency room for stitches. It’s just not worth the risk, so wear gloves.
Safety should always be among your chief concerns when you’re working with heavy-duty applications. In part two of our blog series, we’ll discuss a few more great ways to stay safe when operating your heavy machinery. In addition to what we’ve learned already, we’ll discuss the importance of installing Ambi-tech brakes on your tools and applications. The electronic braking system will stop your equipment in a matter of seconds in case of an emergency to help protect you from serious injury and costly equipment damage.