The purpose of machine guarding is to protect the machine operator and employees in the work area. Machine guards prevent hazards created by rotating parts, sparks, in-going nip points and flying chips. Some examples of this are barrier guards, two-hand operating devices and light curtains. Safeguards are meant to protect employees from harm and that it is why it is essential to use guards that will not create potential hazards. Machine guards must be attached to the machine where it is possible.
Machines that Frequently Need Additional Guarding
- Guillotine cutters
- Alligator Shears
- Power Presses
- Milling machines
- Power Presses
- Forming rolls and calendars
- Portable power tools
There are many different ways to safeguard employees from machine related accidents one way is with adjustable guards. An adjustable guard can be a permanent part of the machine, and may be dependent on moving parts to function. Some advantages that adjustable guards provide that fixed and interlocked guards don’t, is that it provides a barrier that may be adjusted to facilitate a variety of production operations. The guard can be created for many specific functions and can be adjusted based upon the size of the stock. There are some limitations to it however, hands can enter the danger area and workers may not be protected at all times, it may need frequent maintenance, the operator could make the guard ineffective and it may interfere with the workers visibility.
The openings of self-adjusted guards are determined by the movement of the stock. As the operator moves the stock into the danger area, the guard is pushed away, allowing an opening that is large enough to admit the stock. When the stock is removed, the guard returns to the rest position. The self-adjusting guard protects the worker by placing a barrier between the danger area and the operator. The guards may be constructed of metal, plastic, or other substantial material. Many off the shelf guards can be purchased commercially. There are some drawbacks to self-adjusted guards, it can interfere with vision, may require frequent maintenance and may not always provide maximum protection.
At AMI Environmental, our main goal is to assist businesses and create a safe working environment, while adhering to government regulations. With decades of experience, our Industrial Hygiene Professionals help our clients manage risk. Allowing you to then enjoy the peace of mind knowing your employees will be protected from harm. AMI will work to establish and maintain a safe work environment, including surveying your facility for risks; provide testing within your facility; maintain testing protocol; and assist in the recording process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dan Taylor at email@example.com.