• Don’t Let Hydraulic Systems Put Workplace Safety Under Pressure

    Fri, Sep 9th, 2011 By in NEWS

    Hydraulics are an often over-looked hazard in the workplace – learn about the hazards and how to manage the risks.

    Hydraulics are used in a wide range of industries:

    • Construction
    • Manufacturing
    • Mining
    • Agriculture
    • Forestry
    • Aviation

    The Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada estimates that 25 per cent of occupations are exposed to hydraulic systems. Are your staff among them? How well have you managed the risk?

    Answer these questions from a self-assessment by the Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada to get a sense of how your workplace is doing:

    1. Do hazard assessments include hydraulics?
    2. Do you have an inspection and tracking program for hydraulic hoses?
    3. Are personnel guarded from hoses that may whip?
    4. Do personnel work within 1 metre of a hydraulic hose?
    5. Are hydraulic systems close to ignition sources?

    If you answered “no” to questions 1 through 3, or “yes” to questions 4 or 5, you may need to take a closer look at hydraulic safety in your workplace.

    Download the full survey.

    Safety Services Manitoba will offer the Hydraulic Safety Authority’s one-day course, Hydraulic Safety Exposure Level on October 20. The course will introduce you to the most common hydraulic hazards and misconceptions about hydraulics, including the effects on environmental health.

    What: Hydraulic Safety Exposure Level
    When: October 20
    Where: SSM (3-1680 Notre Dame Ave, Winnipeg)
    Cost: $595
    To register: Call 949-1085

    Download the course overview.