Safety Guide Addresses Interlocking Steps

Shredder safety among areas of emphasis in Castell's new guide.

August 5, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Equipment & Products

Safety equipment company Castell, Chicago, has released a new application guide for the waste and recycling sector. The guide has been designed to cover interlocking methods specific to waste and recycling facilities that ensure that personnel are protected while operations remain efficient.

In the waste and recycling industries, safety interlocks are typically used to safeguard sorters, shredders, compactors and balers.

The company also has responded to growth in the waste-to-energy sector by targeting safety procedures at these types of plants, including equipment to safeguard access to emission control systems and protecting personnel from high-voltage equipment.

Castell says equipment used to crush and shred material has a high potential for worker injury if proper precautions aren’t taken. According to 2008 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) figures, the waste management and remediation services industry has a fatality rate that is five times higher than the average of other industries.

Interlocking, says Castell in a news release, removes the potential for human error and enforces safety procedures. If each step in the safety sequence is not completed correctly, dangerous equipment cannot be accessed. Castell also says its products are guaranteed to perform over extended periods of time, particularly in harsh conditions and aggressive environments.

The new application guide can be downloaded from the Castell website here.