(Your Business Name Here) – Safe Work Procedure
POWER TAKE OFF (PTO)
DO NOT use this machine unless you have been instructed
in its safe use and operation and have been given permission
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
PRE-OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS
Locate and ensure you are familiar with all machine operations and controls.
Ensure all guards are fitted, secure and functional. Do not operate if guards are missing or faulty.
Before installing or using PTO-powered equipment, read the operator’s manual and review the safety labels attached to the equipment.
Use only implements that meet the specifications listed in the vehicle operator’s manual.
Before attaching PTO-powered equipment, confirm that the tractor drawbar is adjusted to the length specified in the driven machines manual.
OPERATIONAL SAFETY CHECKS
Start the engine only from the operator’s seat. Never start engine while standing on the ground.
Before starting the engine, ensure all levers are in their neutral positions, the parking brake is engaged, and the clutch and PTO are disengaged.
Ensure the clutch pedal is fully depressed to stop the tractor movement and any PTO-driven equipment movement before shifting the PTO gearshift lever.
Operate the PTO from the lower speed (540 rpm) unless the operator’s manual specifically recommends the higher speed (1000 rpm) is safe.
When operating stationary PTO-powered equipment always apply the tractor parking brake, place chocks behind and in front of rear wheels, and stay well clear of all rotating parts.
Keep all bystanders away from PTO-powered equipment.
Always walk around operating equipment.
ENDING OPERATIONS AND CLEANING UP
When shutting down, disengage the PTO, shut off the tractor engine and remove the keys before leaving the tractor seat.
Keep warning labels clean and free from obstructing material. Replace damaged or missing labels with new labels available from equipment supplier.
Wait until all moving components have completely stopped before getting off the tractor, connecting, disconnecting, adjusting, cleaning or servicing any PTO equipment.
Keep the work area in a safe, clean and tidy condition.
Hair/clothing getting caught in moving machine parts.
Do not use faulty equipment. Immediately report suspect machinery.
Do not wear loose or bulky clothing around the PTO or other moving parts.
Never step onto or across a PTO shaft or driveline.
This SWP does not necessarily cover all possible hazards associated with this equipment and should be used in conjunction with other references. It is designed as a guide to be used to compliment training and as a reminder to users prior to equipment use.
This information is based on material published by the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services.