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Plant Hazard Checklist

This checklist highlights a range of questions that can be asked to help with the identification of various hazards related to with plant, equipment or machinery. 

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1-Entanglement

  • Can employee’s hair, clothing, gloves, necktie, jewellery, cleaning brushes, rags or other materials
  • become entangled with moving parts of the plant, or materials in motion?

2-Crushing

Can employee be crushed due to:?

  • Material falling off the plant?
  • Unexpected or unwanted movement of the plant, machinery or its load? 
  • Lack of capacity for the plant to be slowed, stopped or immobilized?
  • The plant tipping or rolling over? 
  • Parts of the plant collapsing?
  • Coming in contact with moving parts of the plant during testing, inspection, operation, maintenance, cleaning or repair?
  • Being thrown off or under the plant?
  • Being trapped between the plant and materials or fixed structures?
  • Other factors not mentioned?

3-Cutting, stabbing and puncturing

Can an employee be cut, stabbed or punctured due to:

  • Coming in contact with sharp or flying objects?
  • Coming in contact with moving parts of the, machinery, plant during testing, inspection, operation, maintenance, cleaning or repair of the plant or machinery?
  • The plant, parts of the plant or work pieces disintegrating?
  • Work pieces being ejected?
  • The mobility of the plant?
  • Uncontrolled or unexpected movement of the plant?
  • Other factors not mentioned?

4-Shearing

  • Can employee’s body parts be sheared between two parts of the plant, machinery or between a part of the plant and a work piece or structure?

5-Friction

  • Can employee’s be burnt due to contact with moving parts or surfaces of the plant, machinery or material handled by the plant?

6-Sticking

Can an employee be struck by moving objects of machinery or equipment due to:

  • Uncontrolled or unexpected movement of the plant or material handled by the plant?
  • The plant, parts of the plant, machinery or work pieces disintegrating?
  • Work pieces being ejected?
  • Mobility of the plant?
  • Other factors not mentioned?

7-High Pressure Fluid

  • Can employee come into contact with fluids under high pressure, due to plant failure or misuse of the plant?

8- Electrical

  • Uncontrolled or unexpected movement of the plant or material handled by the plant?
  • The plant, parts of the plant or work pieces disintegrating?
  • Work pieces being ejected?
  • Mobility of the plant?
  • Other factors not mentioned?

9- Explosion

  • Can an employee be injured by the explosion of gases, vapours, liquids, dust or other substances, triggered by the operation of the plant or by material handled by the plant?

11-Tripping, slipping and falling

Can employee using the plant, or in the vicinity of the plant, slip, trip or fall due to:

  • Uneven or slippery work surfaces?
  • Poor housekeeping, eg. swarf in the vicinity of the plant, spillage not cleaned up?
  • Obstacles being placed in the vicinity of the plant?
  • Other factors not mentioned?
Can anyone fall from a height due to:
  • Lack of a proper work platform?
  • Lack of proper stairs or ladders?
  • Lack of guardrails or other suitable edge protection?
  • Unprotected holes, penetrations or gaps?
  • Poor maintained floor or walking surfaces, such as the lack of a slip-resistant surface?
  • Steep walking surfaces?
  • Collapse of the supporting structure?
  • Other factors not mentioned?

12- Ergonomic

Can an employee be injured due to:

  • Poorly designed seating?
  • Repetitive body movement?
  • Constrained body posture or the need for excessive effort?
  • Design deficiency causing mental or psychological stress?
  • Inadequate or poorly placed lighting?
  • Lack of consideration given to human error or human behaviour?
  • Other factors not mentioned? 
  • Mismatch of the plant with human traits and natural limitations?

13- Suffocation

  • Can an employee be suffocated due to lack of oxygen, or atmospheric contamination?

14- High temperature or fire

  • Can employee come into contact with objects at high temperatures?
  • Can an employee be injured by fire?

15- Temperature (thermal comfort)

  • Can employee suffer ill-health due to exposure to extreme (high or low) temperatures?

16- Other hazards

Can an employee be injured or suffer ill-health from exposure to:

  • Chemicals?
  • Toxic gases or vapours?
  • Fumes, dust, noise, vibration, radiation? 
  • Other factors not mentioned?

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