1. The point-of-operation of machines whose operation exposes an Employee to injury shall be guarded.
  2. Revolving drums, barrels and containers shall be guarded by an enclosure which is interlocked with the drive mechanism.
  3. When periphery of fan blades are less than 7 feet above the floor or working level the blades shall be guarded with a guard having openings no larger than 1/2 inch.
  4. Machines designed for a fixed location shall be securely anchored to prevent walking or moving. For example; Drill Presses, Bench Grinders, etc.

General Requirements for Machine Guards:

  1. Guards must prevent hands, arms or any part of an Employee(s) body from making contact with hazardous moving parts. A good safeguarding system eliminates the possibility of the operator or other Employee(s) from placing parts of their bodies near hazardous moving parts.
  2. Employee(s) should not be able to easily remove or tamper with guards. Guards and safety devices should be made of durable material that will withstand the conditions of normal use and must be firmly secured to the machine.
  3. Guard should ensure that no objects can fall into moving parts. An example would be a small tool which is dropped into a cycling machine could easily become a projectile that could and injure others.
  4. Guard edges should be rolled or bolted in such a way to eliminate sharp or jagged edges.
  5. Guard should not create interference which would hamper Employee(s) from performing their assigned tasks quickly and comfortably.
  6. Lubrication points and feeds should be placed outside the guarded area to eliminate the need for guard removal.


All Employee(s) shall be provided training in the hazards of machines and the importance of proper machine guards. Machine safety and Machine guarding rules will be thoroughly explained as part of the new hire orientation program and annually as refresher safety training.