Balers and Compactors

What are some tips for using a baler safely?

Here you will find a helpful guide to the correct and most importantly secure use of a baler.

Training is Important

By compressing waste into dense, compact blocks, balers for waste and recycling are extremely user-friendly and boost business productivity. However, as with any commercial or industrial apparatus, balers should only be operated under secure conditions by trained personnel.

Training is crucial, and it is essential that the vendor provide you with comprehensive instructions on how to use the machine safely, with the appropriate duty of care, how to bale out, how to prepare the machine, how to change the banding, and other basic maintenance and cleaning procedures.

Advice for using a baler safely

  • Never operate a baler without initial training and supervision
  • Ensure that all employees are aware of the presence of a waste baler by positioning warning signs next to it
  • Verify that your baler complies with the EN16500 safety standard for vertical balers. EN16500 was implemented in 2015 to reduce the danger of user injury. If unsure, contact the company from which you purchased the machine
  • Is there an available secure operating procedure (SOP)? Numerous balers feature SOP instructions or visual guides imprinted on the door or accessible via QR code. Try to ensure that a guide is accessible to employees
  • Does the baler have a mechanism for emergency lockout? Familiarize yourself with this function in case you need to abruptly turn off the machine’s power
  • To prevent accidental activation by unauthorized personnel, the baler should be turned off when not in use.

Guidelines for safe baling out

  • Are you employing the proper banding? The length, girth, breaking strength, material, and most importantly, the quality of baler bands vary. Ensure that the banding you are using is compatible with the machine you are employing
  • Ensure that the bale-out area is devoid of obstructions and personnel prior to baling-out
  • Depending on the size of the baler, you may require a means of transporting the bale securely. When baling out, be sure to have a pallet or a Lift Trolley readily available

Guidelines for maintenance

  • Annually inspect and service the baler by a certified technician so that it remains in good working condition. A routinely serviced and well-maintained baler can last well beyond its 10-year warranty
  • Employees should not attempt to remedy a malfunctioning baler or use it before an authorized technician has done so
  • If uncertain, always consult the manual. Keep the manual close to the machine so that operators can easily access it. Request a second copy or a digital copy of a manual from a representative if you require one

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NOTE: This guide is not intended to replace any safety manual. DO NOT operate a baler unless you have received the necessary training. Consult the user manual at ALL times. If uncertain, contact the vendor.