The Australian Standards provide information on machinery and equipment safety systems and reflect the current state of knowledge and best practice. The AS4024 Safety of Machinery series of publications provides specific information for commonly used machine types in industry, such as woodworking or metalworking machinery.
Administrative controls use systems of work to reduce risk by providing a framework of expected behaviours. Examples are rotation of staff to reduce exposure to a hazard, or a documented safe system of work, such as lockout tagout. These types of controls rely on extensive instruction, information, training and supervision.
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.
Emergency retrieval plans should allow for immediate local response in safely retrieving people to avoid fatalities.