Edge bander: hazard identification

A risk management strategy for an edge bander identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

The following table is a risk management strategy for an edge bander.

Risk management identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

Risk management strategy

Hazard identification

Risk factors

Risk control measures

1

Crushing from transmission drive

  • Entanglement in rotating transmission shafts and buffing heads
  • Entrapment in chain sprocket drives, pressure rollers, conveyor pads
  • Fixed or interlocked guarding encloses all transmission and associated moving parts
  • Lock out/tag out (LOYO) protocol implemented and   maintained
2

Cutting/lacerations

  • Contact with travelling snipping saws, jump grooving and trimming cutters
  • Fixed or interlocked guarding encloses rotating cutters and saws. Consider using motor braking or time delay bolts to prevent access during run-down time for the cutter/saw
3

Manual handling

  • Variation in material size, shape and weight
  • Store raw materials appropriate height to avoid the need for bending or twisting
  • Use an unpowered roller conveyor to support large   boards as they pass through the edge bander
4

Slips, trips and falls

  • Obstructed or cluttered work area around the machine
  • Slippery and uneven floor surface
  • Maintain a clear work space in and around the machine
  • Provide non-slip floor surfaces that give a firm foothold
5

Airborne contaminants (e.g. dust and vapours)

  • Poorly maintained ventilation/ extraction system
  • Provide and maintain local exhaust ventilation. Ensure fumes from hot glue are extracted away from the operator
  • Wear protective personal equipment (PPE) such as face masks
  • Regularly vacuum dust and sawdust
  • Note: Do not use compressed air to remove dust from skin or clothing
6

Noise from machinery operation and production processes

  • Noise from different cutters,  saws, pressure rollers, and compressed air
  • Various machines in the area operating simultaneously
  • Guarding that encloses moving parts contains acoustic   dampening to reduce noise levels
  • Hearing protectors used by all people accessing the workshop
  • Warning signs erected in workshop

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