Selection and use of PPE requires careful consideration, as there are many different types that reduce the risk of injury of contact or exposure to a hazard. Incorrect use of PPE, or purchasing inappropriate PPE, can contribute to serious workplace incidents. PPE that is uncomfortable, restrictive or heavy may create secondary hazards, and, as a result, constant supervision may be necessary to ensure it is used effectively.
Access may vary during each stage of the machinery and equipment life cycle. For example: • installation or removal o complete access from every area may be required and involve disconnection or connection of services, such as water, air, pipes, installation of electrical cable to switch board • operation o access for set up, operation and adjustment • maintenance, repair, cleaning, alteration or adaptation o access to remote areas may be required.
Note: The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 prescribes specific requirements that must be taken into account when determining risk controls for both confined spaces and working at heights.
Many different types of machinery and equipment use high integrity safety systems that disable a mechanism at the time of access. Some examples include: • brake press • power press • robotic machine (automated machines) • injection moulders • powered guillotines • programmable lathe and milling equipment • industrial mixers • mincing equipment • plasma cutting tables • laser cutting tables.
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