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Machine Guarding

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Tommy Adams

on 1 April 2016

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Transcript of Machine Guarding

Purpose of Guarding
Machine Guarding
The purpose of machine guarding is to protect the machine operator and other employees in the work area from hazards created by ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks.

Some examples of this are barrier guards, light curtains, two-hand operating devices etc.

Guards must not create potential hazards and must be attached to the machine where possible.

If guards cannot be attached to the machine, attach elsewhere.

Point of Operation Guarding
The point of operation is the area on a machine where work is performed

Machines that expose an employee to injury must be guarded. The guarding device must:
Additional Guarding
Machines that usually require point of operation guarding include:

Guillotine cutters What kind of machines do you deal with that
Shears require a guard?
Alligator shears
Power presses What do you think is the most dangerous?
Milling machines
Power saws
Portable power tools
Forming rolls and calenders
Machine Guarding
29 CFR 1910.212
Employee exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machines is prevalent in many workplaces.

Workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year.

Amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the occupational workplace, and often results in permanent disability.
Be in conformity with any appropriate standards
If specific standards are not available, the machine construction should prevent the operator from having any part of his/her body in the danger zone during the operating cycle
Special hand tools used for placing and removing material from point of operation areas must allow easy handling of the material without the operator placing a hand in the danger zone. Such tools must not replace guards required by this section
Exposure of Blades

When the periphery of the blades of a fan is less than seven (7) feet above the floor or working level, the blades must be guarded

The guard must not have openings larger than one-half (½) inch
A machine designed for a fixed location must be securely anchored to prevent walking or moving
Anchoring of Fixed Machinery
Eye and Face Protection
Eye and face protection must be provided to each employee when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles
You must wear your PPE
when exposed to flying hazards

What happens if you don't?
Don't forget about Energy Isolation and verification..

What's the name for that again?
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