• Guarding may also serve to mute noise emissions through application of sound absorbing materials. Other emissions, such as lasers, ultraviolet light, bright light or welding flash, can also be safely screened to prevent potential harmful exposure.
Machinery and equipment have moving parts. The action of moving parts may have sufficient force in motion to cause injury to people. When assessing machinery and equipment for possible mechanical hazards, consider: machinery and equipment with moving parts that can be reached by people; machinery and equipment that can eject objects (parts, components, products or waste items) that may strike a person with sufficient force to cause harm; machinery and equipment with moving parts that can reach people, such as booms or mechanical appendages (arms); mobile machinery and equipment, such as forklifts, pallet jacks, earthmoving equipment, operated in areas where people may gain access.
Where safe working platforms are used and the risk of a fall remains, travel restraint and fall-arrest harnesses can be used where a suitable point of attachment exists. Harness systems, anchor points and shock absorbing lanyards must be compatible at each point of attachment from the anchor point to the harness, with approved and rated latching devices to ensure the integrity of the system.
• Oil leaks from machinery and/or equipment may present a serious slip hazard. By preventing oil leaks through routine maintenance, or containing leaking oil with a drip tray or through spill containment strategies, the risk the hazard presents is controlled.