When guards or devices cannot be used, there are some other methods that are effective for keeping the employee safe. Some other methods such as: safe opening, safe holding, and safe position of controls are methods of safeguarding that can be used for machines that create unique safeguarding problems. These safeguarding methods do not provide the same protection as devices or guards. These safeguarding methods will require placement or adjustment for each operation; specific procedures; work rules; extensive training and supervision.
Safe Holding Method
Safe Holding Method is designed and constructed to require the operator to hold or support the work piece in a specific way. This method prevents the operator from inadvertently reaching into the hazard area.
Safe Opening Method
Safe Opening Method provides small opening to the hazardous area. It needs to meet one of the following conditions:
- Any work piece that is used should not be big enough to prevent any part of operator’s body from entering the area (1/4 inch or less opening); or
- When the parts are in place, the maximum opening should only be 1/4 inch to prevent any part of the operator’s body from entering the hazardous area. The machine should not be able to cycle unless the work piece is in place. Any opening for two-dimensional work pieces should meet the following conditions:
- The maximum area of any guard opening should be 7 square ¾ inch longest dimension of a rectangular opening should be 3.5 inches;
- The maximum shorter dimension of the rectangular opening should be 2 inches;
- The minimum distance from the guard to any point of operation is 4 inches.
Safe Position of Controls
Safe Position of Controls Method are properly positioned by one of these methods:
1. Requires continuous actuation to complete the hazardous portion of the cycle. It is positioned to prevent any part of the operator’s body from reaching into the hazardous area during the hazardous portion of the cycle or until the of hazardous motion has ended; or
2. The controls for single-cycle machines should be located far enough from the hazardous area to where no part of the operator’s body can enter before the machine completes the hazardous portion of its cycle or until the hazardous motion has ended. Any remote controls should not be easily moved or are securely fixed in position.
How can AMI Environmental protect employees and the reputation of business?
At AMI Environmental, our main goal is to assist businesses and create a safe working environment, while adhering to government regulations. With decades of experience, our Health and Safety Professionals work to help our clients manage risk. Allowing you to then enjoy the peace of mind knowing your employees will be protected from harm. AMI will work to establish and maintain a safe work environment, including surveying your facility for risks; provide testing within your facility; maintain testing protocol; and assist in the recording process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dan Taylor at email@example.com.