Where frequent cleaning is required, the guard may be constructed of mesh that prevents intrusion of body parts, but allows for hosing. Food production workplaces, that use conveyors in areas where hygiene or food safety is an integral part of the operation, use fixed mesh guarding of conveyor end rollers.
Interlock guarding is generally achieved via mechanical or electrical means, but may also include hydraulic or pneumatic control systems. The energy stored in moving parts (momentum) can cause the mechanism of the machinery or equipment to run on for some time after the source of driving energy has been removed.
Simultaneous two-handed operation. Where a machine has only one operator, the use of simultaneous two-handed operation buttons can serve as a risk control. This ensures that operation of the hazardous mechanism cannot occur until both hands are clear of the danger area.
When thinking about safe access to machinery and equipment, consider the following: • who will be working on or around the machinery and equipment • people who are required to work in enclosed areas where the atmosphere could be harmful, such as pits, tanks or storage vessels • what equipment or materials need to be carried to undertake the task • where and when is access required for operation, maintenance and cleaning • how will people gain safe access (walkway, gantry, elevated work platform or ladder) • what work will be carried out during access • will people be near or exposed to an unidentified mechanical or non-mechanical hazard at the time of access • has consultation occurred with workers or contractors regarding how they intend to gain access, and what equipment and work platform or structure is best suited for the intended task.