Safety is one of the most important considerations across all industries. It’s not wise to compromise on safety just to get a certain job done more quickly. Whether your equipment requires planned maintenance or an urgent repair, all kinds of maintenance activities must be carried out in a safe manner. This blog post will talk about the safety risks linked with performing lubrication.

Lubrication safety risks exist and you must pay due attention to deal with them. Some routine lubrication activities such as greasing and top-ups can be performed while the equipment is operational. The maintenance personnel who have to work in close proximity to rotating or moving machines should be extra careful.

Moving parts

It’s important to work with caution in order to avoid being caught in the nip points. Coming in contact with fast-moving machine parts can cause serious injuries. Machine guards and safety engineering play a vital role in ensuring the safety of workers who have to work around dangerous areas. As a maintenance expert, if you have to remove the machine guards in order to lubricate machine components, power off the machine and lock it out so nobody can turn it on while you’re still lubricating the machine.

Oil leaks

Oil leaks on the floor are signs indicating that it’s time to perform some cleaning. If you notice an occasional oil leak, take immediate action and have it cleaned up and repaired. Oil leaks are the source of contaminants ingress. On top of that, oil leaks are hazards that cause trips, slips, and falls. Therefore, don’t just clean the floor, resolve the problem which caused the oil leaks and spills. It’s also important to have a strategy as to how the lubrication waste should be disposed of.

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Sample extraction

Dedicated sample valves are often used to obtain oil samples. The function of the valve is to reduce the risk associated with sample collection processes. It is advisable to use a pressure-reducing sample valve in hydraulics where the fluid pressure can be high. The sample valve makes it safe to capture the oil in a bottle.

When it comes to greasing at high pressures, it’s critical to ensure safety. It’s important not to hold the grease gun in hand during regreasing as it could result in grease being pushed through the skin or an injection wound.

Lubrication processes demand active participation. Therefore, avoid the lubricants coming into contact with your skin. You can use barrier creams and gloves to minimize the contact with lubricants. It’s also advisable to wash off lubricants with soap and water. It doesn’t seem dangerous to come in contact with lubricants, however, oil additives and synthetics can cause health issues. No matter how experienced you are at handling and dispensing lubricants, always check the lubricant’s safety data sheet.

About Micro Lube

Micro Lube is a leading maintenance company in Canada where we deliver the highest quality lubrication products and services from the most trusted brands such as Y2K. As a full-service maintenance company, we take your safety seriously and provide technical assistance on how to make your lubrication operations safe. Contact us for more information!