Machinery Safety Checklist

Machinery Safety Checklist

This machinery safety checklist:

  • Can verify compliance with machinery guarding and check if machinery meets legislative requirements.
  • Can help you to identify potential hazards and enhance employee safety and confidence.


About this Machinery Safety Checklist

This machinery safety checklist can be used to review and verify if the hazards and risks related to machinery are adequately managed.

All machinery, either before purchase, commissioning or operation should be assessed to determine compliance levels with legislation.

Any risks or mechanical hazards identified pertaining to the machinery need to be adequately controlled. Inspections, information, training and supervision must be provided to operators, so they can operate the machinery without risk to their health and safety.

Why is Machinery Safety so Important?

Working around machinery can be extremely dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions for risk reduction and controlling safety issues.

Machinery operators use some of the most dangerous equipment in the world and even a small mistake can lead to serious injury or death if the safe procedures are not followed. That’s why it’s so important to follow machinery safety protocols, hazard assessments and to always use the right safety gear when using all types of machines.

General Machine Safety Checks

General Safety Procedures

  • Are maintenance logs recorded and pre-start checks conducted to ensure that the machine’s safety features are in good working order?
  • Where a presence (or motion) sensing system is used, is a safe system of work documented?
  • Where a presence sensing system is used is there a system or alarm to alert the user when the guard is inactive?
  • Where a presence sensing system is used, are inspection and maintenance records maintained of the system?
  • Are appropriate isolation and control of energy procedures provided for electrical components when doing maintenance work?
  • Where setting, testing and startup are required with the final means of safeguarding removed, are interim safeguards provided?
  • Where fixed physical guards are provided, are there adequate safe work procedures for cleaning, maintenance, adjustment and repair?
  • In circumstances where it is not practicable to guard machinery and persons are required to operate or pass near dangerous moving parts, is a safe system of work in place to reduce the risks, as far as practicable?

Guards and Machine Guarding Checks

Machinery Safety Sign

  • Where fixed guards are provided, are they of substantial construction and secured into position while machinery is at a point of operation?
  • Where interlocking machine safeguards are provided, can they prevent the operation of the machinery when open, and are the guards prevented from opening while the machinery is in operation?
  • Where a presence sensing system is used, does it operate as intended and stop the machine parts when the light beams or sensors are interrupted?
  • Do guards protect against hazards to the rear and sides of machinery?
  • Is the safeguarding the highest level that is reasonably practicable in protecting workers?

Training of Operators and Maintenance Personnel 

  • Are operators and maintenance personnel appropriately trained, familiar with safe operation and set up of machinery and able to competently use all the safety features?
  • Do operators know how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), and secure loose clothing etc when operating the machine.

General Availability of Information

  • Are manufacturers’ instruction manuals readily available and understood by operators and maintenance personnel to enable safe work practices?
  • Are machine controls protected to prevent unintentional start-up or operation?
  • Are machine controls adequately marked as to their function and within easy reach of the operator?
  • Are manufacturers’ decals, labels and warning signs clearly visible and in English?

Why Become a Member of Redcat Safety and Download this Machinery Safety Checklist?

  • A machinery safety checklist helps identify potential hazards and risks associated with operating specific machinery.
  • The checklist can assess various safety aspects, such as machine guarding, electrical connections, moving parts and emergency stop mechanisms.

After downloading this working at machinery safety checklist you will be able to:

  • Very easily edit and customize the template to create your own machine safety checklist.
  • Apply your own style, format and brand to the checklist.
  • Use it in any industry or sector regardless of size or type of organization.

Availability and Use of this Machinery Safety Checklist

  • This machinery checklist is accessible to you right now by clicking the ‘Become a Member Now’ button.
  • The checklist will be delivered to you in fully editable Microsoft Word format for immediate and full use in your business.
  • There are no membership auto-renewals, contracts or ongoing costs.

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