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Chapter 9 -
Cooperation and Assistance
Cooperation and Assistance
Safety in the workplace demands cooperation and alertness on everyone's
part. Supervisors, operators, and other workers who notice hazards in need
of safeguarding, or existing systems that need repair or improvement,
should notify the proper authority immediately.
Supervisors have these additional, special responsibilities with regard to
safety in the workplace; encouraging safe work habits and correcting
unsafe ones; explaining to the worker all the potential hazards associated
with the machines and processes in the work area; and being responsive to
employer requests for action or information regarding machine hazards.
The first-line supervisor plays a pivotal role in communicating the safety
needs of the worker to management and the employer's safety rules and
policies to the worker.
Sometimes the solution to a machine safeguarding problem may require
expertise that is not available in a given establishment. The readers of
this manual are encouraged to find out where help is available and, when
necessary, to request it.
The machine's manufacturer is often a good place to start when looking for
assistance with a safeguarding problem. Manufacturers can often supply
the necessary literature or advice. Insurance carriers, too, will often
make their safety specialists available to the establishments whose assets
they insure. Union safety specialists can also lend significant
Some government agencies offer consultation services, providing for
on-site evaluation of workplaces and the recommendation of possible hazard
controls. OSHA funds one such program, which is offered free of charge to
employers in every state. Delivered by state governments or private
contractors, the consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA
inspection effort; no citations are issued and no penalties are proposed.
The trained professional consultants can help employers recognize hazards
in the workplace and can suggest general approaches for solving safety and
health problems. In addition, the consultant can identify sources of
other available help, if necessary.
Anyone with questions about Federal standards, about the requirements for
machine safeguarding, or about available consultation services should
contact OSHA. (See the list of OSHA Regional Offices in the back of this
Go to Machine Guarding Checklist