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OSHA's Top 10: Machine Guarding

OSHA's Top 10: Machine Guarding

All machines consist of three fundamental components:

  • Point of operation - where work is performed on the material, such as cutting, shaping, boring, or forming of stock.
  • Power transmission apparatus - all components of the mechanical system which transmit energy to the part of the machine performing the work. These components include flywheels, pulleys, belts, connecting rods, couplings, cams, spindles, chains, cranks, and gears.
  • Operating controls – including a mechanical or electrical power control to make it possible for the operator to cut off the power from the machine without leaving their position at the point of operation.

Despite all machines having the same basic components, their safeguarding needs widely differ due to varying physical characteristics and operator involvement.

Two primary methods are used to safeguard machines: guards and some types of safeguarding devices. Guards provide physical barriers that prevent access to danger areas. Safeguarding devices either prevent or detect operator contact with the point of operation or stop potentially hazardous machine motion if any part of an individual’s body is within the hazardous portion of the machine. Machine guards and safeguarding devices are required by law.

Safety violations related to machine guarding are on OSHA’s Top 10 list of compliance violations.  If OSHA inspected your workplace tomorrow, would you be able to demonstrate that machines in your workplace are properly guarded and that your workers know how to use them safely? Could you prove that they have received training?  We can help!

When your workers have taken Vubiz’ “Machine Guarding” course, they will be able to:

  • Outline the legal requirements for safeguarding
  • Describe the basic components of machines
  • List the types of hazardous mechanical motions and actions
  • Recall the different types of machine guards, safeguarding devices and secondary safeguarding methods
  • Identify the hazards associated with common types of machines and tools and assess their risks

When you purchase access to this and other Vubiz courses, your workers’ learning is automatically recorded in a Learning Management System (LMS), so you can see who has successfully completed the training and when.  Your training records are generated automatically! Courses are also available to be put on your LMS if you have one.


Did you know that OSHA’s Safe and Sound Week is August 10-16, 2020?  OSHA sets this week aside every year for companies to celebrate their safety and health successes. Providing safety training is a great way for your company to participate, and we can help.  If you purchase Machine Guarding for your workers by August 16, we’ll give you 20% off the regular price if you use the coupon code Safe+Sound2020.

 Contact Vubiz for additional information.