Machine Guarding



Moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries, such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from these preventable injuries. Any machine part, function, or process that may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be eliminated or controlled. This page contains general information on the various hazards of mechanical motion and techniques for protecting workers.


Machine guarding hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for agriculture, general industry, maritime, and construction.

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Hazard Recognition

Provides references that may aid in recognizing hazards from ineffective machine guarding.

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Possible Solutions

Highlights references that provide possible solutions for machine guarding hazards.

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Additional Resources

Provides links and references to additional resources related to machine guarding.

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