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Each year, physical contact with machines and powered equipment accounts for a significant number of life-altering injuries and fatalities. A number of these incidents involve conveyor systems. The majority of these incidents occur during maintenance activities with conveyors still in operation and danger zones unprotected.
Preventive measures should be implemented in order for work on or near conveyors to be performed safely. Right from the design stage, worker exposure to hazards should be controlled by reducing the frequency of conveyor clean-ups, conveyor maintenance, removal of jams, etc. This guide to best practices suggests possible preventive measures, but it is by no means exhaustive. In many situations, hazards must be analyzed before any preventive measures are implemented.
This guide is composed of two sections. Section I provides definitions, a general idea of conveyor components, an overview of mechanical hazards and information about hazard assessment and reduction. Section II covers safeguards against hazards during the operation and maintenance of conveyor systems, and related worker training.
Appendices provide details on guard design, applicable Alberta legislation, conveyor safety checklists, inspection guidelines and an overview of conveyor-related accidents in Alberta.
The list of scientific works used in the production of the original French-language version, namely a number of Canadian, European and/or international standards, regulations and best practice guidelines, is presented in the Bibliography. As well, a References section provides sources for information on conveyors and machine safety.
The guide is intended to be used as a best practices reference document for safety around conveyor systems. It is directed mainly to workers, technicians, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members and other interested parties.
This guide references the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation of 2009. If any conflicts are found between this guide and the legislation, the current legislation will always prevail.