Machine Guarding is an essential and necessary requirement for schools to ensure students and staff are safe.
Machine Guarding and inadequate lockout procedures are among the top four causes of workplace accidents in Ontario. The number of injuries and their severity continue to be a focus of OHSA, resulting in significant fines and penalties in schools throughout the province by the MOL.
"In Ontario, close to 80% of injuries affecting students using machines in industrial arts, wood shops, automotive shops and similar programs, involve lost or disfigured fingers, hands or thumbs. Another 11% involve damage to eyes, and 7% to hands and feet."
- Health and Safety Ontario, 2012.
What the Law Says:
Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act requires that employers take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect workers. Sections 25, 27 and 28 refer to duties and responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers.
Factors Contributing to the High Number of Injuries:
There are a number of contributing factors to machine related injuries; experts have attributed these to the following:
- An emphasis on deadlines over safety
- Inadequate training and education
- Outdated guarding technology
- Outdated hazard assessments
- Being unaware of OHSA health and safety requirements
How we can Help:
Our priority is keeping you safe!
Our collaborative and educational approach ensures all parties are knowledgeable on what products and services are available.
We will perform a full site audit and address all of your concerns, identifying both major and minor issues. Our expert staff combine to provide over 40 years of experience in Machine Guarding Solutions and have the knowledge to make sound and reliable recommendations.
Upon completion of our audit we will work with the appointed representatives to provide you with our findings and recommended course of action.
Common Machine Guarding Systems Include:
Band Saw Shield | Belt Sander Shield | Disc Sander Shield | Drill Press Shield | Grinder Shield
| Lathe Shield | Milling Machine Shield
Assessing the severity of concerns and making viable recommendations is only the first part of our job. Our trained and certified team will work with you to install safety products that will not interfere with the operation of the equipment. Our installation team understands the need for fully operational equipment and will only recommend safe and efficient solutions.
Education and Training:
Once your machine guarding solution has been installed, we will prepare and design a training and education session, including all necessary signage and certificates to ensure you are compliant. We are fully committed to ensuring all staff are properly trained on how to safely use each piece of equipment and employ a hands-on approach in our education sessions. This necessary step is one we highly encourage and have seen first hand the difference it makes ensuring all of your questions are addressed.
To learn more about Ontario machine guarding legislation click here.
Don't wait until an injury occurs, call us today for a machine guarding assessment.
Machine Guarding, MOL - October 31, 2014
Blitz Targets Industrial Workplace Hazards, MOL - October 24, 2014
Machine Guarding/Safeguarding/Lockout, WSPS - September, 2014
2012 Machine Guarding Blitz Results, MOL -March 7, 2013