People performing tasks, such as maintenance, repair, installation, service and cleaning, are highly vulnerable, and have a higher risk of being killed or maimed through inadvertent operation of machinery and equipment they are working in, on or around.
When assessing machinery and equipment for possible non-mechanical hazards, consider how machinery and equipment can affect the area (environment) around them. People must be provided with safe access that is suitable for the work they perform in, on and around machinery and equipment.
AS4024.2 provides guidance on design specification, ratings on integrity and reaction times. Manufacturers’ specifications for installation and maintenance must also be observed. Specialist assistance may be required by experienced professionals to ensure the correct selection and installation of presence sensing systems. Companies who manufacture or supply these systems also provide technical support and installation assistance.
In some cases, people exposed to these hazards may not show signs of injury or illness for years. Where people are at risk of injury due to harmful emissions from machinery and equipment, the emissions should be controlled at their source.