OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 22 Safeguards

Section 311 Tampering with safeguards

(1) A person must not remove a safeguard from a machine that is operating if the safeguard is not designed to be removed when the machine is operating.

(2) A person must not remove a safeguard or make it ineffective unless removing it or making it ineffective is necessary to perform maintenance, tests, repairs, adjustments or other tasks on equipment.

(3) If a worker removes a safeguard or makes it ineffective, the worker must ensure that

(a) alternative protective measures are in place until the safeguard is replaced,

(b) the safeguard is replaced immediately after the task is completed, and

(c) the safeguard functions properly once replaced.

(4) If a safeguard for machinery is removed or made ineffective and the machinery cannot be directly controlled by a worker, the worker who removes the safeguard or makes it ineffective must lock out or lock out and tag the machinery or render it inoperative.