Four OSHA Regulations You Should Know for Machine Guarding
Preventative MeasureMachine guarding is a barrier placed on machinery to prevent operators from reaching into moving parts and lowers the chance of injury. Specifically, machine guards protect against:
- Flying chips or debris
- Direct contact with moving parts
- Splashing of metal or harmful liquids
- Mechanical and electrical failures
- Potential human errors
What to Observe at a Client Site
- Identify various machine guards and understand how they protect your temporary employees.
- Ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly defined. For example, machine operators have a responsibility to know how guards work and keep them in good condition. Repairmen are to ensure the guard is securely back in place when work is complete.
- Only certain employees are designated to remove a safeguard and abide by the rules in which guards may be removed.
- Proper communication funnels have been created, so a supervisor is always contacted in the event a safeguard is damaged or missing.
- Disciplinary measures are established for anyone tampering or removing a safeguard.
OSHA Standards for Machine GuardingOSHA 1910.212(a)(1)
One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards. Examples of guarding methods used are barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.
Guards shall be affixed to the machine where possible and secured elsewhere if for any reason attachment to the machine is not possible. The guard shall be such that it does not offer an accident hazard in itself.
The point of operation of machines should be guarded. The guarding device shall be in conformity with any appropriate standards or, in the absence of standards, designed and constructed to prevent the operator from having any part of his/her body in the danger zone during the operating cycle.
Special hand tools for placing and removing material shall permit easy handling of material without the operator placing a hand in the danger zone. Such tools should not be in lieu of other guarding required, but can only be used to supplement the protection provided.
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