1. Follow all practices in Code of Safe Practice #5 Power Tools.
2. Only authorized and trained employees may operate power presses.
3. Before using a power press, make sure you are trained in all phases of its operation. This includes an understanding of its capabilities, limitations, controls and hazards.
4. Always wear appropriate PPE (safety eyewear, hearing protection, etc.).
5. Thoroughly understand all controls of the press and how to use them. This includes a clear understanding on safe operation of the press, from startup to shutdown.
6. Be familiar with the safety guards and devices and their correct use. Never purposely defeat these controls. They are there to protect the operator.
7. Ensure you are knowledgeable of the location of pinch points & how to avoid them.
8. Ensure you are knowledgeable of the correct use of tools and procedures for removing jammed work, as well as the use of brushes, swabs or oil, for lubricating dies and stock.
9. Ensure that the press is properly locked and tagged out before beginning the work detailed in item 8 (above).
10. Maintain a high level of housekeeping around the equipment, including the storage of parts, tools, dies, etc.
11. Never operate the press until it has been checked and tested several times prior to production level operations.
12. Report all problems or maintenance issues to your supervisor or foreman.