General information

There are many hazards related to machinery that need to be controlled to ensure everyone's safety.

Workplaces within the University vary widely in the risks they expose people to, from relatively benign offices and classrooms, to potentially hazardous workshops and plant rooms.

Machinery is designed to drive various transmissions and shape and form components, therefore human flesh and bone is shown no mercy if caught amongst these working dangerous parts. Respect the machine and it will respect you.

Machine hazards and potential injuries


  • Laceration, open wounds
  • Related hazards: Noise
  • Various controls: Guarding systems


  • Amputations
  • Related hazards: Radiation
  • Various controls: Fixed guards


  • Crushing
  • Related hazard: Electrical
  • Various controls: Interlock guards


  • Penetrating puncture wounds
  • Related hazard: Dust
  • Various controls: Safe by position


  • Degloving of body parts
  • Related hazards: Fumes
  • Various controls: Photo electric beams


  • Fractures, burns
  • Related hazards: Vapours, water
  • Various controls: Comprehensive training and supervision, comprehensive maintenance and programmes, comprehensive procedures, safe operation, lockout procedures for cleaning and maintenance, machinery instruction manuals

Our protocol

University protocol is designed to provide guidance for those people who use tools and machinery. Where a separate protocol applies to a specific work activity (i.e. lasers, laboratory safe methods of use, working at height, etc.), the specific protocol takes precedence.

If further information is required, please contact Health, Safety and Wellbeing


The document sets the University’s key requirements and expectations, which must be followed, to ensure safer people, equipment, and workplaces.

Look now: Machinery and Plant Standard

Competency matrix

The competency matrix describes the roles relevant to those workplaces using machinery and plant, the relevant training requirements, and classifies machinery and plant into risk groups depending on complexity and operating power.


The guidance gives you the extra information you need to meet the University standard.

You should also look at our page on procedures.
View now: Procedures

Industry information

Guidance for industry has been developed by WorksafeNZ and has been used to develop this protocol.

Safe work instructions (SWIs)

Safe Work Instructions (SWIs) are a basic, one-page aide-memoire that prompts users to use the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and outlines the likely hazards that will be encountered with a particular machine. Of equal importance, they also outline correct pre-use, operational, and shutdown checks that need to be carried out.

As SWIs are developed and approved, they will be placed here so users can simply download the SWI that is relevant for the machines they are using. If you need an SWI that is not available you can download the SWI Template to create a new or variant instruction.

Please note that any modification to an existing SWI or the creation of a new document must be brought to the attention of the Health and Safety managers. These are controlled documents and it will assist in sharing improvements across the University community.

Contact us with any queries: Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

Template and Safe Work Instructions








Document Control
Version: 1.0
Last Updated: Dec 2019
Next Review: Dec 2022
Approver: Associate Director, Health Safety & Wellbeing