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Plastics Industry

Overview

Highlights
  • Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.
    • Plastics Machinery. Discusses guidelines and safety measures for horizontal injection molding machines. A virtual tour of a horizontal injection molding machine is also available.

The plastics industry represents a substantial portion of the American workforce. Various safety and health concerns exist throughout the plastics industry, ranging from raw material manufacturing to plastics processing.

OSHA's mission is to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. One way OSHA accomplishes this mission is by the development and enforcement of standards that address hazards in the workplace.

Standards

There are currently no specific OSHA standards for the plastics industry. However, machine guarding and other hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry and construction.

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Hazards and Solutions

Provides information that aid in recognizing and controlling workplace hazards that may be present in the plastics industry.

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Highlights
  • Machine Guarding. OSHA eTool. Focuses on recognizing and controlling common amputation hazards associated with the operation and use of certain types of machines.
    • Plastics Machinery. Discusses guidelines and safety measures for horizontal injection molding machines. A virtual tour of a horizontal injection molding machine is also available.