OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 310 Safeguards

(1) Repealed.

(2) An employer must provide safeguards if a worker may accidentally, or through the work process, come into contact with

(a) moving parts of machinery or equipment,

(b) points of machinery or equipment at which material is cut, shaped or bored,

(c) surfaces with temperatures that may cause skin to freeze, burn or blister,

(d) energized electrical cables,

(e) debris, material or objects thrown from machinery or equipment,

(f) material being fed into or removed from process machinery or equipment, or

(g) machinery or equipment that may be hazardous dues to its operation, or

(h) any other hazard.

(2.1) Repealed.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply to machinery that already has a safeguard that

(a) automatically stops the machinery if a worker comes into contact with a moving part or a point at which material is cut, shaped or bored,

(b) prevents a worker from coming into contact with a hazard referred to in subsection (2), or

(c) eliminates the hazards referred to in subsection (2) before a worker can be injured.

(4) If an employer determines that an effective safeguard cannot be provided in the circumstances, the employer must ensure that an alternative mechanism or system or a change in work procedure is put into place to protect workers from being exposed to hazards that exist if there is no safeguard.

(5) An alternative mechanism or system or a change in work procedure put into place under subsection (4) must offer protection to workers that is equal to or greater than the protection from a safeguard referred to in subsection (3).

(6) An employer must place warning signs on machinery that starts automatically

(a) on a clearly visible location at a point of access to the machinery, and

(b) giving clear instructions to workers on the nature of the hazard.