OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 25 Tools, Equipment and Machinery

Section 362 Contact by clothing, etc.

Any type of clothing, jewellery or hair that hangs down near the moving parts of machinery, equipment or tools creates a potential hazard. Serious injuries including amputation have occurred when a worker’s clothing, jewellery or hair has been caught in moving equipment or machinery.

Subsections 362(1) and 362(2)

These subsections describe both employer and worker responsibilities. A hazard assessment helps determine the risk of a worker’s clothing, jewellery or hair being caught. Practices to decrease the risk of workers being caught in machinery may include such things as:

(a) wearing clothing that fits close to the body and cannot get caught on moving parts;
(b) avoiding loose cuffs, belts, ties or protruding buckles that are easily caught on equipment;
(c) where long sleeves or pant legs are worn, elasticized or closely buttoned cuffs, velcro closures or ties should be used;
(d) wearing coveralls to contain or control clothing;
(e) wearing close fitting leather or insulated work gloves that are less likely to become caught than loose fitting handwear. In some circumstances it may not be appropriate to wear gloves at all if there is a risk of them getting caught in moving parts;
(f) ensuring boots are laced using all eyelets and tucking in bootlaces;
(g) tying back long hair and covering it with a hairnet that is snug to the head;
(h) covering a long beard with a net to contain it;
(i) not wearing jewellery and accessories such as chains or scarves with loose ends;
(j) removing a fall protection lanyard rather than wearing it draped over a shoulder; and
(k) rings can increase the damage to a finger or result in amputation when a hand is crushed. Rings should be removed if a hazard is present.

Subsection 362(3)

It is important that workers with certain medical conditions wear medical alert bracelets to obtain prompt treatment if required. Medical alert bracelets with a breakaway or tear away band allow workers to do this while maintaining safety.

Breakaway bands should be tested to ensure that there is no danger of the worker getting caught. If breakaway medical alert bracelets are not available, consider attaching the medical alert tag to some other breakaway band or lanyard or linking it through bootlaces.