Machine Guarding for Injection Molding Machines. OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for the Plastics Processing Industry A Presentation of the SPI-OSHA Alliance. (Screen Capture of Website). (Screen Capture of Website). Course Objectives.
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OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Training Program for the
Plastics Processing Industry
A Presentation of the SPI-OSHA Alliance
Unique Hazards and Issues
Work rests on offhand grinding machines must be kept adjusted closely to the wheel with a maximum opening of 1/8-inch to prevent the work piece or tool from being jammed between the wheel and the rest, which may result in wheel breakage or wheel explosion.
The distance between the wheel periphery and the adjustable tongue must never exceed 1/4-inch.
Power-transmission apparatus (shafting, flywheels, pulleys, belts, chain drives, etc.) less than 7 feet from the floor or working platform must be guarded.
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OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting (SST) program selects for inspection individual worksites with the nation's highest Days Away from Work Injury and Illness (DAFWII) Case Rate and Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) Rates. It is based on data reported by more than 80,000 employers surveyed by the agency.
See the OSHA Web site for the most current directive and the rates used to target inspections.
In order to verify the reliability of claims by establishments that
they have achieved low DART rates, OSHA inspects a certain percentage of employers with low rates.
On October 27, 2006, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its national emphasis program aimed at reducing amputations in general industry workplaces. TheNational Emphasis Program on Amputations targets all types of machinery and equipment that are considered a high risk for causing amputations. The plastics processing industry is among the industries under scrutiny for workplace amputations. The twenty-four states and two territories which operate their own OSHA programs are encouraged, but not required, to adopt a similar emphasis program. State Plan State information is available on OSHA’s Web site. The OSHA directive on this emphasis program is available on OSHA's Web site under Regulations and Compliance, subcategory Compliance Directives, No. CPL 03-00-003.
Under this initiative, regional and area OSHA offices will continue to conduct outreach; targeting and selection; and inspections. Area offices will obtain and use additional data to identify and add establishments where serious injuries or fatalities related to these machines have occurred.