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THE ALBERTA OH&S ACT, REGULATION AND CODE 2018, THE ASME B30.26-2015 STANDARD AND MANUFACTURERS OF EYENUTS ALL STATE THAT USERS OF EYENUTS MUST BE TRAINED IN THE SELECTION, INSPECTION, CAUTIONS TO PERSONNEL, EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENTS AND RIGGING PRACTICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE EYENUT. FAILURES DUE TO MISSUSE HAVE RESULTED IN SERIOUS INJURIES AND DEATH. THIS SECTION WILL PROVIDE YOU INFORMATION ON THE SAFE USE OF EYENUTS.

Employer, Worker, User, Supervisor and Supplier Responsibilities

Users must be trained in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Eyenuts. Read Details
Can you prove users are competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Eyenuts ? Read Details

If a user is not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Eyenuts they must have direct supervision from a competent worker

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If not competent in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Eyenuts do users have direct supervision ?

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Do you have documented policies and procedures in the selection, inspection, cautions to personnel, effects of environments, and rigging practices associated with Eyenuts ?

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An employer must identify responsibilities for the user of an Eyenut

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Have Supervisors taken all precautions to protect the health and safety of every worker under the Supervisors supervision.

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Have Suppliers ensured the equipment supplied is in a safe operating condition, and that it complies with this Act, regulation and the OHS Code  

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Legislation, Standards and Specifications

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. Act, Regulation and Code 2018

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American Society of Mechanical Engineers B30.26-2015, Chapter 26-2 Adjustable Hardware

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Manufacturer's specifications for the type and style of Eyenut.

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Manufacturer's referenced standards

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Design Factors

What are the manufacturer's design factors for the Eyenut you are using ?

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Markings

A Eyenut must be marked with the manufacturer's name or trade mark

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A Eyenut must be marked with its size or rated load Read Details

Training

It is important that all Eyenut users be knowledgeable about the safe and proper use, application of Eyenut, be thoroughly familiar with the manufacturer's recommendations, and safety material provided with each product. In addition all Eyenut users need to be aware of their responsibilities outlined in all applicable standards, regulations and policies

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Manufacturer's specifications for the Eyenuts must be available to users

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Where are your manufacturer's specifications for the Eyenuts kept ?

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How do you ensure users are familiar with the manufacturer's specifications ?

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Have employers identified hazards associated with the use of Eyenuts ? Read Details
Have users identified the hazards associated with the use of Eyenuts ? Read Details

Inspection Requirements

There are 3 types of inspection that are required to be carried out on Eyenuts, these are Initial, Frequent and Periodic

All new Eyenuts shall have an initial inspection completed by a designated person

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Prior to and during use all Eyenuts shall have a frequent inspection completed by a designated person

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All Eyenuts must have a periodic inspection completed by a designated person

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Removal Criteria

An Eyenut must be removed from service if any of the following criteria deems that the Eyenut is not fit for use.

Eyenut identification missing Read Details
Eyenut identification illegible Read Details
Evidence of heat damage Read Details
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Weld spatter or arc strikes

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Pitting or corrosion Read Details
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Bent, twisted, distorted, stretched, elongated, cracked, or broken load-bearing components. Read Details
Nicks or gouges Read Details
Reduction of the original dimension at any point Read Details
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Excessive thread damage Read Details
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Other conditions, including visible damage

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Selection, Limitations and Use

All Eyenut users must be aware that their Eyenut capacity may change depending on the sling angle, angle of loading, and environment it is used in.

Damaged Eyenuts shall not be used Read Details
Rated loads cannot be exceeded Read Details
Do not stand or pass under a suspended load Read Details
Do not ride on a Eyenut Read Details
Will the Eyenut rotate during lifting or load-handling activities ? Read Details
Will the Eyenut thread be fully engaged ? Read Details
Will the Eyenut be side loaded ? Read Details
Can the Eyenut be side loaded ? Read Details
What are the rated load limitation when used at angles ? Read Details
Will multiple slings be used on the Eyenut ? Read Details
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Will the Eyenut be subjected to mechanical damage ? Read Details
Shock loading must be avoided Read Details
What is the minimum and maximum temperatures the Eyenut can be exposed to ? Read Details

Will the Eyenut be affected by exposure to chemicals ?

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Maintenance

Are Eyenuts subjected to corrosive action ? Read Details
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Misconceptions

Misconception 1. If you have attended a training course you are a competent rigger.

Training is only one part of being competent to carry out your job, you must also be adequately qualified and have sufficient experience.

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Misconception 2. Eye nuts can be side loaded.

Eye nuts shall only be used for in-line loading.

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Misconception 3. Eye nuts must be marked with a rated load.

Each eye nut shall be durably marked by the manufacturer to show, name or trademark of manufacturer, size or rated load. 

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Misconception 4. Eye nuts can be stacked on multiple shims or washers.

The plane of the eye may be positioned with a flat washer(s) or lock nut.

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Misconception 5. All eye nuts have the same temperature ratings.

The temperature rating of eye nuts varies depending on the material the eye nut is made from and the manufacturer. Refer to manufacturers specifications for temperature restrictions  

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Misconception 6. If a piece of equipment is received/purchased with eye nuts attached, they can be used for lifting the equipment because the manufacturer of the product has installed them.

This is not always the case, sometimes eye nuts are installed just for maintaining or stripping the piece of equipment and are not designed to lift the whole object. In many cases the eye nuts attached do not meet the requirements of the ASME standard and do not have the required design factors. 

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