Safety Precautions to Use When Operating a Waste Baler or Compactor
While waste balers and compactors are great pieces of equipment to have on hand to help better manage large volumes of cardboard, recyclables, and other types of waste, they can be dangerous when they are not operated correctly. It is important to properly train employees how to operate balers and compactors, as well as provide them with personal safety gear needed while loading the machine.
Proper waste and recycling safety precautions to take to ensure employees do not get accidently injured should include:
- Regular inspections of the baler or compacter prior to operations to verify it appears to be in proper working order.
- Confirmation that safety guards, gates, and screens on the baler or compactor are functioning, and the machine does not operate when these are open.
- Train employees how to correctly load materials into the compactor or baler.
- Ensure operators are all over the age of 18, and no one under the age of 18 is allowed in the area where the machine is while it is in operation.
- Never climb inside the machine or insert a hand or leg to try to resolve a problem with jammed or stuck materials.
- If the machine has been tagged or marked that it needs repair, do not operate it.
- Never attempt to fix a broken machine yourself, unless you have been trained and certified to perform maintenance and repairs on your compactors.
- If the compactor requires service, and you do not have a certified maintenance tech onsite, schedule it through your waste management broker.
- Wear safety gloves, goggles, earplugs, and hardhats as needed when working around, operating, and using waste balers and compactors.
- Require authorized operators to enter a passcode into a keypad in order to operate the machine.
- Always leave the machine in the “off” position whenever it is not in use.
By adhering to the above safety guidelines, along with the manufacturer’s safety recommendations, and those required by law in your area, you can help reduce the risks of potential accidents at your place of business. For more safety tips or to learn about waste balers and compactors for your business, call Global Trash Solutions at 866.760.8194 today.