Conveyor belts are a common sight in many factories and workplaces because they are among the best ways of moving bulk materials. However, because there are numerous people working alongside the belt, there’s always the chance of injury – serious or slight – or even death if the employees don’t know how to work with it safely.
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A fundamental duty of any management team is to train its employees so that they know how to operate the belt safely and how to move around it and interact with it. Even high-quality conveyor equipment, like the transmission chain from Renold.com, carries dangers due to the nature of its operation, so the workplace must offer training so staff members understand how careful they must be.
Here are some tips for management and shopfloor staff alike, so that everyone works safely around this vital piece of equipment.
Other rules that keep employees safe include:
In addition to these rules, the area around the belt should always be clear of tripping hazards, spills and debris.
No-one should perform any maintenance tasks until all energy sources – electrical, hydraulic and even gravity – have been turned off, blocked or otherwise prevented.
Everyone operating or working near or with the belt should have the right personal protective equipment (PPE). This may include gloves with good grips, safety glasses for hazardous materials and back supports if the items on the belt are heavy. Workers should also tie back hair, avoid loose clothing and keep fingers away from the conveyor belt. Safe lifting postures and practices should be instilled in the workforce, too, to avoid long-term injuries or even sudden ones that may put someone in danger.
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