Safety guards are installed to protect workers and ensure the site is compliant with AS1755-2000 (Australian Standard for Conveyor Safety Requirements). However, very little consideration is given to ongoing guard maintenance, giving rise to potential safety hazards.
An effective equipment maintenance program would check that the guarding is properly installed and all fasteners are secure; the guards are in good working condition, or else are replaced; the guard is free of corrosion; worn or corroded parts are replaced as needed to extend the life of the guard; and the paint on the guard is not faded or worn.
Safety guarding can be a significant investment. Incorporating safety guards maintenance into the overall preventative maintenance program will ensure both ongoing worker safety and the company’s safety compliance.