Managing Safety and Health Exposures: Machinery and Equipment

Managing ExposuresFew business expenses have sky rocketed like the cost of healthcare. That’s why it’s important to manage the safety and health of your employees.

By being diligent in preventing employee and customer injuries, as well as property damage, you will help minimize accidents and help to reduce your insurance costs. You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with employee safety and health by implementing these tips:

Machinery and Equipment

• Install guarding over any openings that exceed 1/4″ or Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s hand template

• Periodically evaluate employee adherence to using machine guarding

• Incorporate machine-appropriate lockout/tagout (LO/TO) procedures

• Train all employees as to their role within your LO/TO system

• Use built-in ladders, railings and platforms to climb machinery for repairs

• Inspect and maintain hoists at least semi-annually

• Provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for battery charging and service stations

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