Be on guard around hazardous machines.
- Before turning on a machine, make sure all guards are in place.
- Never operate a machine that is not equipped with adequate point-of-operation guards or safety devices.
- Know how to turn power on and off quickly.
- Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions on how to operate the machine.
- Pay attention to safety training and learn to use machines safely.
- Feed material into machines with push sticks, not your hands.
- Don’t wear gloves—they can interfere with precise grip or get caught at pinch points and the point of operation.
- Find a comfortable working position to minimize fatigue.
- Take it easy–rushing a job is one of the major causes of accidents.
- Pay attention while you work—remember that machines are powerful and can hurt you if you’re not alert.
- Inspect machines before each use and report problems. Don’t use the equipment until your supervisor and/or the safety supervisor approves it.
- Never reach around or under a guard.
- Make sure maintenance is performed when required.
- If authorized to maintain or repair machines, always use lockout/tagout procedures to prevent unexpected start-ups.
Remember: Once you lose a finger or a hand, it’s gone for good