Machine Guarding

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SKU: C-335Duration: 37 Minutes Certificate Included

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Course Details


Training Time: 37 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on:

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Subpart O: Machinery and Machine Guarding
  • Industry best practices

Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese
 Multiple languages available for USB and Enterprise (SCORM/AICC) formats. Contact us for more info.

This course covers the importance of having industrial machine hazards properly guarded and protected against. This course is aligned with OSHA General Industry standards and industry best practices. It is meant to be used as an introductory or refresher course for general industry workers who will be operating or working near industrial machinery.

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Summarize the main goal of OSHA's machine guarding regulations
  • Identify common machine hazards
  • Identify common behaviors that cause most machine accidents
  • Identify the requirements for machine guarding
  • Describe the three main categories of machine guarding
  • Identify examples of common machine guards
  • Describe best practices when working with machine guarding

The following key questions are answered in this module:

Are machine accidents common?
Yes, they're very common and frequently result in serious injuries and deaths.

What are some common machine hazards?
In general, any moving part can harm you. In particular, nip points (also called pinch points), rotating parts, nip points between rotating parts, back-and-forth machine movement, blades, and more.

What is the point of operation?
Where the machine operation "takes place" and therefore frequently the most dangerous part of the machine.

What are common mistakes that lead to injuries?
Reaching into the machine, failing to lockout/tagout machine properly, working on a machine without authorization, and using a machine with missing or loose guarding.

What are requirements of machine guarding?
Must be secure, must protect machine from dropped objects, must create no new hazards, must not interfere with operation of machine, and must allow safe lubrication.

What are the types of machine guarding?
Three main types are barrier guards (such as shields and fences), devices (such as a light sensor that shuts off a machine if a worker enters a hazardous area), and location/distance (when machine is positioned in place operator cannot reach/access.

What are some types of barrier guards?
Fixed, interlocking, adjustable, and self-adjusting.

What are some types of devices?
Presence-sensing, mats, light curtains, drop-probes, trip wires, safety edges, two-hand controls, two-hand trips restraints, and pullbacks.

What are feeding devices and holding tools?
Devices that allow an operator to feed material into a machine or handle materials within a machine while reducing the level of hazards (though guards may still be needed in combination).

What is an emergency stop?
Buttons that immediately shut down a machine. Use these only to prevent an emergency or in the event of an emergency.

What should a worker do before maintaining a machine?
Turn the motion disconnect to off (if there is one) and lockout/tagout the machine.

Any tips on loose clothing and jewelry?
Don't wear anything that can get caught in a moving part of a machine-this includes loose clothing and jewelry, long hair, unbuttoned shirts, unlaced shoe strings, and more.

What should employees be trained on?
Hazards that machine(s) they work with presents, dangers tht machine guarding protects against, how machine guarding is set up and used, and more.

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Chances are you've never been seriously injured by a machine. You may not even know anyone who's been seriously hurt by a machine. But machine accidents happens all the time. In the U.S., it's estimated there are around 15,000 machine accidents each year. These accidents result in horrible injuries like crushing of a body part, amputation, electric shock, and blindness. There are hundreds of workplace fatalities every year caused by machines. If you work around machinery, you shouldn't take your safety for granted. Many machine accidents are due to faulty or missing machine guarding or to workers taking shortcuts to get around the machine guarding. It's important to remember that machine guarding is there for your safety. This course will teach you the common types of machine guarding and the best practices for working safely with them.

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) –
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics -
  • OSHA eTools -
  • OSHA Training Publications -
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute –
  • GA Tech Tech Guides -

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“The machine guarding video and training materials were an excellent way for us to present this topic to our employees.”

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Finally a Comprehensive Machine Guarding Course!!!

“As a Safety Professional and Safety Trainer with over 25 years of experience, I like this video for the following reasons: (1) It is very comprehensive in describing and illustrating the different types of guards that are used in a manufacturing environment, (2) It is very modern, not old and out dated, (3) The graphics are of very high quality and very applicable, (4) The animation is fun to watch in a professional way, not silly or cartoonish, and (5) Last but not least, the built-in quiz that came with the program was very well thought out. I highly recommend this Machine Guarding video to any others who wish to train their employees in the importance of machine guarding, the types and terminology of machine guards, and how they help to reduce potential accidents and injuries.”

Larry P. Verified Customer

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