Ensure proper training has been given to the employee for the machine they will operate. Look for moving parts that interact with other moving parts and present nip points. Ensure that appropriate guards are in place. If guards interrupt the movement of the belt, provide a barrier that restricts easy access to moving parts. All moving parts are to be guarded up to seven feet from the work level.
Before powering and starting the conveyor, ensure that the area is clear of people. If the machine requires personnel be in the vicinity, do not leave the machine unattended. Most conveyor belts are not manufactured for people to walk on. Do not allow employees to walk or ride on the belt. Do not make alterations to the controls. Use only approved controls when operating the conveyor belt. Homemade devices are never to be used to alter the way the machine is operated. Workers should report equipment that was not produced by the manufacturer. If an object gets caught, power down immediately and follow proper lockout/tagout procedures; then remove the object. Expect some movement of the conveyor so ensure that body parts are out of harm’s way.
Lifting Items onto the Conveyor
Back injuries are common when individuals improperly lift items onto the conveyor. To place items on the conveyor, do not lift and twist. Ensure there is a smooth transition from weigh tables and packing stations to the conveyor so employees do not have to lift items more than necessary. Design the placement of items on to the conveyor in a manner to limit the amount of lifting an employee has to do.
Emergency stops should be available on the machine. Employees are to know where emergency stops are. If malfunction or jam is occurring on the conveyor, shut it down immediately.
When a conveyor needs servicing, ensure that you properly lockout the machine and tagout with warning of "DO NOT OPERATE." Ensure that all stored energy is locked out by trying to start up the conveyor prior to beginning service work.
Follow a routine maintenance schedule and keep documentation of work performed. Only qualified personnel are to perform maintenance work on conveyors. There is a higher risk of injury when a worker tries to do repairs or maintenance which is outside of their normal job duties. For example, an employee may be authorized to operate the conveyor but not maintain it.
Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, or accessories as they can get caught in the machine. Tie back long hair when operating or working on or near a conveyor.
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