Employees can be exposed to possible amputation and strangulation hazards while using or performing maintenance on commercial laundry machines, if machine guards are absent or ineffective. Guards may need to be removed to perform maintenance. Follow the Machinery and Machine Guarding Standard (29 CFR Part 1910 Subpart O), Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) Standard (29 CFR 1910.147), and Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard (29 CFR 1910.146).
Requirements under OSHA's Machinery and Machine Guarding Standard, 29 CFR Part 1910 Subpart O.
Machine guarding must be provided to protect employees from hazards. [29 CFR 1910.212]
- An example of machine guarding is a barrier guard, which prevents workers from entering the danger zone.
- Other examples of machine guarding include:
- Two-handed tripping devices.
- Electronic safety devices.