Machine guards are essential to protect us from accidental contact, being pulled into, or being hit by objects thrown from hazardous moving parts on equipment or machines during their operation. Machines must only be operated with all guards intact and in operable condition. Machine guards come in a variety of configurations and serve different purposes. They cannot guard against the hazard if not installed, adjusted, and used as designed.
Minimum requirements for guards:
Points to always guard:
Steps that can help you and others remain safe around machinery include:
Supervisors are responsible for ensuring their employees/students are trained in the safe operation of the machines which will be used.
Employees/students are responsible for notifying their supervisor if a guard is damaged or missing, for not operating a machine without operable guards as originally designed, and for not removing or otherwise modifying a guard.