Machine Guarding


Every year many people are injured, suffer amputations or even get killed in incidents involving workplace machinery. According to OSHA, “workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year.” Machine guarding regularly makes it to the top ten of OSHA violations, which illustrates how prevalent this issue is.
This course discusses how to ensure safety when working with machines especially during maintenance. It also looks at mechanical hazards and how to manage the installation as well as operation of mechanical equipment.

By the end of this course, you will learn about the hazardous actions and motions, what is machine guarding, the hazards associated with machine operation, and the machine areas to be safeguarded. You will also become aware of the hierarchy of control measures and the methods of safeguarding. You will gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the individuals involved. You will learn about the common mistakes in machine guarding and risk assessment required for machine operation. In this course, you will get an insight into the inspection and maintenance of safety guards, and the safety measures that need to be implemented. In the resources section, you will find information about the legal standards for machine guarding, and some important definitions.

What Will I Learn?

  • Common Machine Guard Hazards
  • Hazardous Machine Components
  • Guarding in General
  • Types of Machine Guards
  • Physical Barriers
  • Devices
  • Warning Signs
  • Employees’ Role in Machine Guarding

Topics for this course

7 Lessons01h

Course Instructions?

1. After completing a lesson, click on "Complete Lesson" and get a green "tick" against the lesson 2. Once all lessons are completed, click on "Go to Course Home" and click on "Complete Course" 3. Click on "View/Download Certificate" to view or download your certificate. Ready, Set, Start Learning!

Introduction to Machine Guarding

Introduction to Safeguards

Methods of Safeguards

Video Overview

Machine Guarding Case Study