WorkSafeBC Home

Policies Part 12 Contents

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

R12.2-1 RE: Tools, Machinery and Equipment - General Requirements - Safeguarding Requirement (During Use of Dynamometer)

Policies Part 12 - General Requirements

Policy Item R12.2-1
RE: Tools, Machinery and Equipment - General Requirements - Safeguarding Requirement (During Use of Dynamometer)

BACKGROUND
1. Explanatory Notes
Section 12.2 sets out the general safeguarding requirement for machinery and equipment.

2. The Regulation
Section 12.2:

Unless elsewhere provided for in this Occupational Health and Safety Regulation, the employer must ensure that machinery and equipment is fitted with adequate safeguards which

(a) protect a worker from contact with hazardous power transmission parts,

(b) ensure that a worker cannot access a hazardous point of operation, and

(c) safely contain any material ejected by the work process which could be hazardous to a worker.

POLICY
The following safeguards must be adhered to when testing motor vehicles on dynamometers:

(a) only competent workers will operate vehicles and test equipment;

(b) to prevent runaways, dynamometer units must have front-mounted idler safety rolls, unless the vehicle under test is chained or otherwise secured to substantial anchor points;

(c) adequate chocks must be fitted to block the non-driving wheels;

(d) when front-wheel drive vehicles are under test, lateral drift must be prevented;

(e) prior to testing, the drive wheels and tires must be closely examined. No testing will be carried out when:

(i) wheels or tires are so out of balance as to cause bounce likely to result in lateral movement of the vehicle off the rolls,

(ii) wheels or tires are so damaged or worn as to be unsafe for operation at the road speeds to be reached during the test,

(iii) tires contain stones or other foreign material imbedded in the treads (All such material must be removed before testing commences.), or

(iv) tires are of a studded type;

(f) guard screens of substantial construction and adequate size must be positioned closely behind the rear of the vehicle (These must be manufactured from shock-absorbing material designed to prevent ricochet of material striking the screens.);

(g) the exposed portions of the rolls must be effectively guarded while in motion, in accordance with Part 12; and

(h) the vehicle exhaust gases must be removed from work areas.


EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1, 2001
AUTHORITY: s. 12.2, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
CROSS REFERENCES: Part 12, Occupational Health and Safety Regulation
HISTORY: Housekeeping changes effective September 15, 2010 to delete practice reference and make formatting changes.
This Item resulted from an editorial consolidation of prevention policies into the Prevention Manual, which was effective on October 1, 2000. The Policy in this Item continued the substantive requirements that existed before the consolidation, with any wording changes necessary to reflect legislative and other changes that have occurred. Policy No. 26.02-2 in the former Prevention Division Policy and Procedure Manual was replaced by this Item. A housekeeping change was made on December 14, 2001. A typographical error was corrected on March 30, 2004.
APPLICATION: The application of this policy remains unchanged from its previous authority under Policy No. 26.02-2 of the former Prevention Division Policy and Procedure Manual.

Disclaimer: The Workers' Compensation Board of B.C. ("WorkSafeBC") publishes the online version Occupational Health and Safety Regulation ("OHS Regulation") in accordance with its mandate under the Workers Compensation Act to provide information and promote public awareness of occupational health and safety matters. The online OHS Regulation is not the official version of the OHS Regulation, which may be purchased from Crown Publications. WorkSafeBC endeavours to update the online OHS Regulation as soon as possible following any legislative amendments. However, WorkSafeBC does not warrant the accuracy or the completeness of the online OHS Regulation, and neither WorkSafeBC nor its board of directors, employees or agents shall be liable to any person for any loss or damage of any nature, whether arising out of negligence or otherwise, arising from the use of the online OHS Regulation. Employers are legally obligated to make a copy of the Workers Compensation Act and the OHS Regulation readily available for review by workers. The circumstances under which WorkSafeBC may consider an employer's providing access to electronic versions of the Act and OHS Regulation to have satisfied this obligation are described in Guideline G-D3-115(2)(f).