Amputations are clearly one of the most severe types of injuries that can be experienced by an equipment operator and certainly one that can result in permanent disfigurement and disability.
Working with equipment within the printing industry can be safe when the equipment used is properly guarded, the right safe work procedures are applied, and the applicable safety rules are followed. Unfortunately, amputations and other serious injuries still occur due to a number of factors, including unsafe work practices, improper guarding, and inadequate procedures during service and maintenance of equipment.
Although the printing industry has always been required to meet the specific OSHA regulations identified under the Amputations National Emphasis Program (NEP), printers should realize that they face a greater probability for inspection by OSHA because of revised targeting criteria. Those inspected can experience greater scrutiny of their entire operation. Therefore it is even more important that printers revisit their individual compliance programs and ensure that proper procedures are implemented and that compliance is being achieved in order to meet the requirements under the NEP program.
What You Need to Know for Safe Equipment Operation
What You Need to Know for Safe Equipment Operation is a book and CD set that provides basic guidance to the commercial lithograph printer in the use of safety control options to prevent amputations under common conditions. The material in the guide focuses on:
- Safety regulations
- Areas of operation
- Specific printing equipment
- Prevention practices
The book also addresses common hazards which may not result in an amputation but have been known to cause serious personal injury, as well as procedures and approaches that can enhance the existing safety programs and policies that must already be established.
- Amputations and other serious injuries
- Incident descriptions
- Related standards
- Related equipment
- Recognizing hazards
- Control options
- Common hazard control solutions
- Prevention planning
- References and resources
- OSHA letters
- Checklist and assessment forms
- Fact sheets
An accompanying CD contains supplemental instructional materials to use in employee training on safe equipment operation, titled Safety in Motion, including:
- Multimedia employee training module
- Employee training PowerPoint presentation
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