When operating machinery at a workplace, there are a number of rules according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which must be followed, both by employers and employees.
These include the following:
- Employees operating the equipment need to be fully instructed around the safe operation and use of the specific machinery, including hazards which may arise. Training must be provided for each individual piece of machinery.
- Effective protection must be provided by the employer. This includes all forms of protective clothing, such as goggles, face shields, helmets, gloves, footwear, overalls and other safety equipment as deemed necessary (such as harnesses and ear-plugs).
- The workplace must be partitioned where practical around machinery.
- No safety equipment may be removed from a workplace except for cleaning, repair, or replacement. No employee may take protective clothing home for any reason.
- Users of the machinery must understand the proper use, maintenance required, and the specific use of the safety equipment and facilities.
- Any accident on duty, or malfunction of machinery, must be reported to the employer immediately.
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