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Can you give me some pointers on how to use a baler properly?

The proper and, most importantly, safe operation of a baler can be found in this helpful tutorial.

The Importance of Training

Businesses can increase their productivity with the help of garbage and recycling balers, which are user-friendly and compress waste into dense, compact blocks. Balers, like any other piece of commercial or industrial machinery, should only be used by personnel with proper training and in a safe environment.

It is critical that the vendor provides comprehensive training on the machine’s safe operation, proper duty of care, baling out, machine preparation, banding change, and basic cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Advice on how to use a baler safely

  • Never operate a baler without training and (initially) supervision.
  • Make sure all staff are notified of the existence of a waste baler by placing clear warning signs next to it.
  • Check to see if your baler meets EN16500 safety standard for vertical balers. EN16500 was introduced in 2015 to minimize the risk of injury to users. If in doubt, contact the company from whom the machine was purchased.
  • Is there a safe operating procedure (SOP) available? Many balers have SOP instructions or visual guides printed on the door or accessible by QR code. Try to ensure a guide is available for staff.
  • Does the baler have an emergency lock-out switch? Familiarise yourself with this feature in case you need to suddenly cut power to the machine.
  • To ensure that unauthorized personnel do not start the baler by mistake, keep it turned off when not in use.

Safety tips for baling out

  • Have you got the banding right? The most critical characteristics of baler banding are its quality, but it also varies in width, length, material, and breaking strength.
  • Before baling out, make sure the area is clear of obstacles and people, and check that the banding is appropriate for the equipment you’re using.
  • Something to securely carry the bale will be required, the exact nature of which depends on the baler’s dimensions. When baling out, be sure to have a lift trolley or pallet nearby.

Maintenance safety recommendations

  • To ensure the baler remains in good operating condition, have an authorized technician inspect and maintain it once a year. Balers typically have a 10-year lifespan, but with regular servicing and maintenance, they can survive much longer.
  • Never use or try to fix a broken baler on your own; always have it checked out by a certified expert.
  • Any time you’re unsure, consult the handbook. Operators should be able to easily access the handbook by placing it near to the machine. Inquire with a salesperson about obtaining an electronic or additional hard copy of the handbook.

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NOTE: A safety manual should always be present in addition to this guide. You must have proper training to operate a baler. Read the user handbook before every use. When uncertain, get in touch with the provider.