Pressroom Safety - page 6

1. Never lean against the machine or prop your hands or feet on it. You may be surprised or startled by machine
functions that could cause an unsafe reaction.
2. Clothing is always a potential safety hazard around rotating press equipment. Pressroom personnel should
exercise good judgment in the selection of clothing and avoid any type that could become caught in the
machinery and cause a serious injury. Items that should not be worn around operating press equipment are
neckties, long sleeves, rings, or dangling jewelry (neck chains, medallions, bracelets, watches, etc.).
3. Long hair is also potentially dangerous around moving machines and therefore should be covered or
contained to prevent entanglement in the equipment.
4. Safety shoes should be worn to prevent slipping and crushing. Latex gloves can provide protection against
strong chemicals or heat but must be used with extreme care around moving parts of the press.
5. Never carry rags in pockets. They may be caught by the machine and pull you into the press, causing an
6. Always maintain a safe pressroom floor. The floor surface must be non-slip textured and easy to clean to
remove oil, water, and other debris. Good housekeeping around the press equipment also improves safety as
well as production.
7. Establish a reporting system for accidents and safety hazards. Include health problems, ventilation, poor
lighting, noise, and cluttered workspace. These items should be reported to management and corrected
8. Some support materials for the pressroom consist of chemicals, solvents, and inks that may be potential fire
hazards. All such chemicals must be kept in proper containers or special cabinets and stored in a safe
9. Stay alert and watch for the unsafe acts of others that could injure you. Conversely, you are responsible for
your actions to prevent injury to others working around you.
10. Horseplay must never be allowed in the pressroom.
11. Good housekeeping in the pressroom promotes safe working conditions, reduces waste, and increases
productivity and overall quality.
1. An audible press start signal alerts personnel before the press is started. Signals for "Inch Forward," "Inch
Reverse," and "Run" to warn of impending press movement.
2. All drive line components (shafts, gears, couplings, etc.) are enclosed in guards to protect personnel. Both the
gearside and workside of the press are enclosed in cabinets for protection.
3. Lockout/Tagout devices should be used per OSHA regulation (subpart J-29 CFR 1910.147) for both electrical
and pneumatic energy sources. The lockouts should be used whenever maintenance is performed on either
of these systems.
4. Warning and caution labels are strategically located around the press to alert the operator of potentially
hazardous conditions that may exist.
5. The Press Drive controls comply to the NPES American National Standard for Printing Press Drive Controls
(ANSI B65.1 1995) as well as both U.L. and C.S.A. electrical codes. Presses provided to EC countries comply
to the CE Machinery Directive.
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