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Safety guards on everything10/1
I recently had OSH tour my building. I run a woodshop that makes mostly industrial things. Nothing fancy, just big and ugly and built to last. Over half the work involves big timbers and bandsaws.
We had some incidents many years back, mostly strains, but still lost time. The inspector was quite happy with our facility. We produced all our work procedures, Whmis sheets, everything looked good. The thing she focused on was the lack of guards on the bandsaws. As she read it in the book, if a dummy can put their hand in the blade, it needs a guard. She didn't like the thickness planer either, because you could reach in there. How do you put a guard on a bandsaw and still make it functional?
"Industry Best Practice" is your defense. Get photos of new bandsaws, EU bandsaws that show they are only guarded above the guides and below the table, as well as at the left column.
Some of the older bandsaws did not have guards above the upper guides, and left the blade exposed there. That will have to be changed if you have that situation.
If the manufacturer today sells them within "Industry Best Practice" then you can copy that and be fine. Stay on her side, and you both can learn a bit and realize you have the best situation possible.
While the "idiot" phrase is widely used, it does not really apply, because the idiot can get a hand in there - planer, bandsaw, guarded tablesaw, etc - if they try.
I Recently seen, Here are the gloves I got from SHOWA Best, and it's up to someone else to figure out the type of leather.
General Purpose Safety Gloves