Today we’re going to talk about work equipment!
First of all, what is the definition of work equipment?
Basically, it is defined as any appliances, tools, machinery, installations or apparatus you use at work. Therefore, the range and variety of work equipment are extremely wide.
The users and the manufacturer of any machinery should know and apply all organizational and technical measures available. These measures ensure the machine operators safety.
In this article, we’re going to cover the rules that you should follow to ensure your safety. All machinery designers should follow some safety precautions as they design.
For example, they should consider safeguarding and complementary protective measures, inherently safe design, information for use, etc.
Moreover, the users and workers should consider these points as well to ensure their safety.
In 2003-2005, EUROSTAT reports that almost 500 died due to machinery related accidents in the EU! Moreover, every day 3 or more workers are absent due to machinery related accidents in the EU.
In other words, that means that the fatal rate is 4 out of 100,000. While the rate of workers absence is 7,000 out every 100,000.
According to standard ISO 12100:2010, the users and manufacturers of any machinery must apply all the safety measures. That way, we can ensure their safety and reduce machinery-related accidents.
Implementation of Safety Measures by the User of Machinery and Work Equipment:
The machine user should use the information for the use made by the machine designer. Workers should make sure to apply all the safety measures to reduce machinery accidents.
In Directive 2009/104/EC, they formulated user obligations for personal protective equipment, training, additional safeguards, and work organization.
Workers main obligation is to take safety measures and precautions to ensure that the work equipment and machinery are suitable for work.
Basically, workers should properly adapt to work in a way that doesn’t impair or negatively affect their health or safety.
The employer should install the work equipment properly to ensure the worker’s safety. Simply, the employer should ensure the safety of the workers in the working area.
Basically, there should be adequate space between machinery and work equipment for movement. Oftently, the employer and workers should apply the additional safeguarding measures.