OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 363 Machines close together

This section outlines the employer’s responsibility to ensure that workers are not in danger because of machines being too close together. It is important to identify the boundaries that separate restricted areas from areas where workers can move safely. The layout of machinery and equipment must allow workers to move without risk of being struck by or caught on moving or protruding parts of the equipment.

To ensure worker safety, a machine or its dangerous parts should be positioned so that hazardous areas are not accessible or do not present a hazard to a worker during the normal hours of operation. The assessment should start with identifying the specific clearances required by each machine or component in the automated system. Issues to consider when positioning machinery include:

(a) the operation of the machine;
(b) operator/worker interaction with the machine;
(c) other tasks performed in the area;
(d) visibility when moving around the machinery; and
(e) the need to move supplies in the area.