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Machine Guarding Technology Training Seminar


Developed through the OSHA and Association for High Technology Distribution (AHTD) Alliance, the Machine Guarding Technology Training Seminar provides OSHA staff with technical information about the use of machine guarding devices and robotics in the workplace.

The seminar, taught by a member of AHTD, focuses on high technology equipment such as: safety interlock switches; guard locking devices (e.g. trip cords and safety mats); safety light curtains; two hand trip controls and safety laser curtains. During the training, the attendees also learn about safety issues associated with robotic equipment, the types of robotics used in the workplace and the applicable OSHA machine guarding and robotics-related ANSI standards. In addition, AHTD brings a number of machine guarding devices to provide the attendees with hands-on information. 305 attendees have participated in the following seminars:

  • October 16, 2008 - Region IV, Jacksonville, Florida Area Office
  • October 14, 2008 - Region IV, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Area Office
  • September 30, 2008 - Metropolitan Community College, Business and Technology Campus, Wichita, Kansas
  • September 11, 2008 - Oregon State OSHA Office, Portland, Oregon
  • September 10, 2008 - South Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington
  • May 29, 2008 - North East Regional Safety Academy - Vermont Capital Conference Center, Montpellier, Vermont
  • May 21, 2008 - Connecticut Department of Labor, Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Wethersfield, Connecticut
  • November 28, 2006 - U. S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC
  • May 10, 2006 - Robert Marshall Carpenters Training Center, Millbury, Massachusetts
  • April 6, 2006 - Maine Bureau of Labor Standards, Fairfield, Maine
This is an example of the new technology that is discussed during the seminar. It is a small optical sensor that uses pulsed laser light to scan its surroundings

This is an example of the new technology that is discussed during the seminar. It is a small optical sensor that uses pulsed laser light to scan its surroundings.

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