Machine Safety Regulations

MACHINE SAFETY REGULATIONS & CONCERNS

WHY GUARD YOUR MACHINES?

Moving machine parts have the potential for causing severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these needless and preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be either eliminated or controlled.

WHAT ARE THE OFFENCES AND PENALTIES?

The following are excerpts from Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act:

66. (1) Every person who contravenes or fails to comply with,

a)         provision of this Act or the regulations;

b)        an order or requirement of an inspector or Director; or

c)        an order of the minister,

is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $25,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than twelve months, or to both.

(2)      If a corporation is convicted of an offence under subsection (1), the maximum fine that may be imposed upon the corporation is $500,000 and not as provided therein.

 

WHEN IT COMES TO MACHINE GUARDING, DO YOU COMPLY?

The following are excerpts from Ontario’s Occupational Health & Safety Act:

R.R.O. 1990 Reg. 851

MACHINE GUARDING

24.       Where a machine or prime mover or transmission equipment has an exposed moving part that may endanger the safety of any worker, the machine or prime mover or transmission equipment shall be equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the moving part. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s. 24.

25.       An in-running nip hazard or any part of a machine, device or thing that may endanger the safety of any worker shall be equipped with and guarded by a guard or other device that prevents access to the pinch point. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s. 25

26.       A machine shall be shielded or guarded so that the product, material being processed or waste stock will not endanger the safety of any worker. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 851, s. 26

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