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Date PostedOctober 24, 2012

Appropriate PPE for Machinery Work

Machinery work can be extremely hazardous and in addition to safe work methods being established and implemented workers need to be provided with the adequate personal protective equipment to minimise the harm done by accidental contact with dangerous machinery parts.

These PPE include gloves, long sleeve clothing etc. that are designed to reduce the risk from certain hazards in a workplace, such as contact with sharp edges, hot surfaces or limiting exposure to dangerous chemicals or atmospheres.

Workers need to remember that PPE can also increase risks in some operations, in particular the risk of entanglement with rotating components. Workers should also be aware that PPE should not be the only safety measure employed, but should actually be the last control measure.

Where PPE is used at a workplace, it should be appropriate for all tasks being performed. Where different tasks require different PPE, the safe work procedures should specify this, and there should be measures in place to reduce the risk of workers accidentally using incorrect PPE. Workers should be trained on the correct PPE for every situation and how to utilise it effectively. An example of the types of issues the training should cover includes not wearing gloves when operating rotating machinery.



Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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