Hand and Power Tools, Machine Guarding:  The power of tools can help get the job done more efficiently; but any machine part, function or process that can cause injury must be safeguarded.  Here are some important safety tips to remember:    

  1. Never remove or try to defeat machine safeguards.
  2. Do not 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 - 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.

Remember:  “An Unguarded Machine is an Unsafe Machine!”

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