Amputation Hazards

2/22/2011
Revised Guide to Help Identify, Manage Common Amputation Hazards

Revised Guide to Help Identify, Manage Common Amputation Hazards 

 
OHSA has issued a revised guide that sets forth steps employers can take to reduce amputation hazards.
 
The guide, Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations, is appropriate for anyone responsible for the operation, servicing and care of machines or equipment -- employers, employees, safety professionals and industrial hygienists. Topics covered in the latest document include hazard analysis, safeguarding machinery, awareness devices and hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).
 
"Amputations are among the most severe and disabling workplace injuries that result in permanent disability. They are widespread and involve various activities and equipment," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. "These injuries result from the use and care of machines such as saws, presses, conveyors and bending, rolling or shaping machines as well as from powered and non-powered hand tools, forklifts, doors, trash compactors and during materials-handling activities. Our revised guide offers practical information for the small business employer to identify and manage common amputation hazards associated with the operation and care of machines."
 
The revised OSHA guide identifies eight mechanical motions and eight hazardous actions that present possible amputation hazards
 
The guide can be accessed (in PDF format) at: http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3170.pdf