Why Safety Signs are Important to Machine Safeguarding
Protecting their workers should be a leading priority for every industrial company. Unfortunately, most employers tend to believe that investing in workplace safety will negatively impact productivity, which couldn’t be further from the truth! Safe working conditions often go hand in hand with ideal operational conditions. Employees can focus on their work and be more productive, instead of trying to avoid dangers in their workplace.
Machinery safety guards and shields are an effective and essential means of protecting your workers, but they should not be the only security solution used. After all, the best way to stay safe is to be able to identify potential hazards and avoid them altogether. This is where the safety signs come in.
How to Use Safety Signs Effectively
Any potential hazards in a workplace should be accompanied by a safety sign to identify it and keep workers from harm. A simple slippery floor can be just as dangerous as a rotating machine part. Safety signs should be placed near the potential source of dangers and be clearly visible. If possible, place them at eye level in a well-lit area. If the place is poorly lit, use phosphorescent colors, reflective materials and / or artificial lighting. Avoid placing an excessive ammount of safety signs near each other to avoid confusion. They must be big enough to be seen and read from afar. It is recommended to use short, clear and concise text on the panels, since the operators tend not to read or only skim the signs with too long instructions. The use of symbols associated with hazards and actions to follow is recommended.
Safety signs must always include:
- A signal word expressing the seriousness of the risk, such as "Danger" or "Warning"
- The hazard associated with the hazardous area or machine, such as "rotating part"
- The consequence associated with the danger, such as "Danger of death"
- Security measures to avoid danger, such as "Do not approach"
The 4 Colors of Safety Signs
- Red: Hazard signs identifying immediate hazards, prohibitions and safety measures to be applied
- Yellow or orange: Warning signs used to warn of potential hazards or unsafe practices
- Blue : Obligation signs
- Green : Rescue and emergency measures or general safety measures signs
Train your Workers to Read and Understand Safety Signs
Simply putting safety signs everywhere in the workplace is not enough. For these safety signs to be efficient, your workers need to be trained to read and understand them. Each sign has a special color and its own symbols. Therefore, your employees must be able to understand which one is which and which security measures are appropriate. Here are some of the things a worker need to learn during safety signage training:
- The color code of each sign and the meaning of the symbols
- The location where a sign should be placed
- When and how to remove a sign
PRISMONT’s Industrial Turnkey Service and Personalized Safety Solutions
Of course, a safety sign should not replace complete industrial security solutions that comply with the standards. With all the support of the Prismont team, you will benefit from a complete safety solution including a custom design and installation service which comply with all the requirements of the most important conformity and standards
regulations (CSA / OSHA / ANSI / ISO / etc.). We offer a turnkey approach for all services needed including experienced personnel, complete tooling, project planning and scheduling your safety projects large or small.
With an in-depth machine guarding analysis, we can help you identify risks and design a custom safety plan for you to help you deliver optimal Return on Investment (ROI). Contact us today and protect what is most important in your company. votre entreprise.
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Lose Less Money and Increase Production by Safeguarding your Workers
When it comes to investing in workplace safety, the perceived negative impact on productivity is a key concern. The truth is, a safe workplace is often a more productive and profitable one! Safe working conditions often go hand in hand with ideal operational conditions. With safeguards in place, employees can focus on their work, instead of the dangers in their workplace, thus increasing your productivity. You’ll spend less time aiding injured employees and more time creating quality products.
When choosing industrial safety equipment, you can’t compromise on your employee’s safety. Safety equipment can sometimes be very expensive. It is therefore crucial to ensure that your purchase generates an optimal return on investment (ROI).
How does a Company Evaluates its Machine Guarding Return on Investment?
Machine safeguarding can help businesses increasing ROI and reduce operating costs by eliminating costs of accident. But what are these potential costs?
Direct costs are the costs recorded in the company's accounting system as a result of accidents. Any expense and loss of productivity due to work-related accidents are considered direct costs. They may include costs for repairs, hospitalization and medical expenses, but also workers' compensation, the purchase of new equipment, and a temporary closure of other machines. The bills can quickly accumulate for a single accident.
Contrary to popular belief, the costs of a work accident do not stop there. Analysis showed that the indirect costs are often 4 times higher than the direct costs. Indirect costs are the losses incurred by the company as a result of an accident at work, but which are not counted as such. They may include professional health care, victim follow-up, lost productivity, study costs following the accident, human resources, hiring costs, legal aspects, training, and more.
After an accident has occurred, fines and insurance costs often increase, leading to recurrent thicker bills. Legal fees and litigation costs can be very high in an accident resulting in the death or injury of an employee. In such cases, the costs can be unlimited and are even higher when a machine has been poorly protected. The lawyers' fees can then accumulate and the growth investments of the company must be diverted to cover these legal costs. In other words, you will spend far more on lost wages, productivity and legal costs than you would have needed to invest in securing your factory properly.
Secure your Machines with Safety Guards, Shields and Safety Equipment
To ensure safe operator use, machines must be protected using safety guards and devices. Any machine part, function or process that may cause injury must be protected to prevent crushing of hands and arms, finger fracture, blindness or other potential injury.
In order to properly maximise employee safety, you need to ensure that they can easily identify and avoid potential hazards. An efficient way of doing so is by using safety signs, which will help prevent injury to both employees and public which might be around a certain hazard. By learning that the floor is slippery, or that a certain part of a machine may move, they can be more cautious and act accordingly. Any potential hazard must be accompanied by a safety sign to warn workers and keep them from harm. They must be placed near the source of danger and be clearly visible.
Workplace Safety Training
Sometimes, improperly using a machine is just as dangerous as using an improperly safeguarded machine. Properly training them on machinery usage et appropriate safety measures ensures that workers will be able to use the machines and safety equipment in the safest way possible, the way they were designed to be.
Customized Safety Solutions to suit your Every Need
Your employees’ safety should never be compromised, and a safety analysis is your first step in identifying your risks and implementing the perfect safety solution for your business. For years, we’ve helped industrial workplaces become safer and more productive through customized safety solutions. Our sales and design team can work with you to determine the type of safety guards that will fit your application, taking into account factors such as how often you need access to the machinery, how much space you have to work with and the budget for the project. Contact us today to get started on creating a safer workplace.
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Lathes Safeguarding : Hazard Prevention Made Easy
The metal lathe is a machine tool which turns a piece of metal on itself while a tool cuts into the material at a preset position. They are equipped with a chuck, which supports the workpieces and rotates at high speed. Operating a lathe can be dangerous as these rotating parts can catch hair, jewelry and clothing. it doesn't take much for a piece of clothing to get caught in and endanger the operator. Flying chips and coolant also present risks for the operator if his personal protective equipment does not protect him effectively.
Lathe Chuck Protection
The most well known and used safeguarding method is the hinged chuck-shield, which protects lathe operators from the rotating work-holder. This type of shield prevents an operator from touching the chuck and entangling himself with it, resulting in injuries, asphyxiation or even death. Electrically interlocked shields are the best option, since when the lathe chuck lifts, the microswitch detects it and stops the machine, which will not start up until the emergency stop button has been reset. Workplace safety is a major consideration for Prismont, and for that reason, all our lathe’s safety guards are electrically interlocked using safety microswitches.
Lathe Carriage Protection
There is a second type of safety guard for lathes; the lathe carriage shield. This type of safety guard protects the operator from direct contact with any wastes coming from the cutting tool, such as shavings and lubricant-coolant. Its anti-shaving partition must cover the rotating parts of the lathes such as the lead screw to prevent hair and clothing entanglement.
Lathe Mother Screw Protection
The lathe’s advancing bars can be very dangerous as well, as work garments can be snagged by them while they move. Lathe lead screw covers are an effective way to protect the operator from it. Made from self-roll up rolls, these tear and oil-resistant bands create a frontal segregation of the lathe mother screw and the advancing bars. When the longitudinal carriage moves, the two units self-roll and unroll, constantly segregating the lathe mother screw and the advancing bars.
A Safe Sanding
Sanding belt holder for lathes are another new and very interesting way of protecting your operators, as it prevents any entanglement with sandpaper during sanding, deburring or polishing operations on lathes part. Easy to use, this tool allows the operator to sand parts without using his hands, thus keeping hands away at a safe operating distance. By implementing a sanding belt holder for lathes, an employer can make a hands-on machine much safer for operators.
Another great way to prevent injuries when using a lathe is to make operators aware of the safe use of the machine. It will therefore be necessary to remind your employees to:
- Not wear gloves, jewelry and loose clothing. It is necessary to cover long hair.
- Not lean on the machine.
- Not adjust the machine or check the dimensions while the machine or one of its parts is working
- Not touch a workpiece until it has entirely stopped turning or moving.
- Not make a deep cut on a long piece of small diameter. Otherwise, it may bend and be thrown out.
- Not let the machine run unattended.
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