MRO Magazine

Conveyor guarding best practices in mines

Health & Safety

June 22, 2017
By Rehana Begg

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has issued a resource on conveyor guarding (including guarding and emergency stopping systems) to help workplaces understand their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations.

Outlined in the Regulation for Mines and Mining Plants (Regulation 854), the document sets clear objectives that are intended to provide guidance to assist in complying with legal requirements for guarding of conveyors, including preventing worker access to pinch points that are or may become accessible; and to provide information on current best practices for engineering and design to provide optimum safety for workers. The guideline supports other safety policies and practices in the workplace, such as locking and tagging procedures when repairs, adjustments or other maintenance work is performed on conveyors [Mining Reg. s. 196 (6)].

Access the resource here.


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