Sander: hazard identification

Risk management strategy for sanding machines, 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.

The following table is a risk management strategy for sanding machines.

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

Cutting, laceration, entrapment

  • Exposed section of belt, disc
  • Premature start-up of the sander
  • Operator exposing hands in feeding process
  • Guards fitted over belt wheels and correctly adjusted
  • Lock out/tag out (LOTO) protocol implemented and maintained
  • Keeping both hands away from belt or disc or entrapment areas

2

Crushing from transmission drive

  • Access to internal area of machine
  • Fixed guarding encloses all transmission and associated moving parts
  • LOTO protocol implemented and maintained

3

Object being thrown by the sander

  • Work piece thrown from the machine
  • Work table or rest is used to guide work piece during sanding
  • Safety glasses are worn by the operator

4

Manual handling when feeding the sander

  • Variation in material size, shape and weight
  • Store raw materials at appropriate height to avoid the need for bending or twisting
  • Use a second person or trolley to guide a long or large piece from the machine

5

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

6

Airborne contaminants (eg dust and vapours)

  • High speed sanding
  • Ventilation/extraction system poorly maintained
  • Provide and maintain local exhaust ventilation
  • 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

7

Noise from machinery operation and production processes

  • Different woods creating varying noise levels when being processed
  • Various machines in the area operating simultaneously
  • Local acoustic dampening to reduce noise levels
  • Hearing protectors used by all people accessing the workshop
  • Warning signs erected in workshop

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