Hydraulics is simply the use of liquid under pressure to cause movement. While it may sound simple, exposure to hydraulics creates the hazards of hydraulics. It takes proactive safety awareness combined with in depth hydraulic training to reduce the incidence of hydraulic deaths and injuries that occur every year. Safety is the key to successful operations of any system.
Hands on Learning
The Hydraulic Safety Authority of Canada, Inc (HSAC) provides courses that teach an in-depth understanding of hydraulic systems and components.
This instruction teaches how to reduce the risk of injury using specific procedures developed for the hydraulic being used. This type of instruction helps to remind the maintenance personnel that their responsibility is more than just keeping the equipment running. They must also keep the other personnel safe when working around the equipment.
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Service for Safety
In addition to their course material, HSAC provides services that support their safety procedures. They can provide the trained personnel to perform on site hydraulic inspections and audits. HSAC personnel can work with your maintenance group to help guide you beyond the regular lockout/tagout and energy control issues within your hydraulic system. In addition to keeping your systems in operation, HSAC can assist in decommissioning hydraulic equipment that has reached the end of its life cycle.Hydraulics and electricity are both forms of transmitting energy and most often hydraulics are described as being comparable to electricity. Hydraulics, much like electricity, should be respected, however the safety standards greatly differ. People are exposed to both hydraulic and electrical conduits, however in comparison, electricity is less likely to burst out of an electrical conduit and potentially cause injuries such as burns, fluid injections, physical impact, loss of supporting loads, potential fatalities and environmental damage.