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OSHA machine guarding checklist

Download this free PDF to ensure compliance with OSHA’s machine-safety standards.

OSHA’s industrial machine guard standards were designed to protect people who work with machinery. The machine guarding checklist helps ensure OSHA compliance and prevent machine-related injuries.

This page will discuss:

  • OSHA machine guarding requirements
  • The purpose of a machine guarding checklist
  • Benefits of using a machine guarding checklist app

What are the requirements of the OSHA machine guarding checklist?

Typically, machine guarding applies to the operation point of machines, which is where the worker is performing the task. OSHA regulations require that safeguards be installed to keep the operator’s hands, fingers and body safe, that operators be properly trained on the equipment, and that inspections be conducted to prevent mechanical, non-mechanical and electrical hazards from injuring workers.

Who uses the OSHA machine guarding checklist and why?

Machine operators, workplace managers, and supervisors can use the OSHA machine guarding checklist to evaluate the machine’s safety and readiness for operation, verify that the operator has been trained, that required PPE is worn and that the machine has been properly maintained. The completed checklist can also act as a document of the company’s efforts to comply with OSHA regulations.

Why use a machine guarding checklist app?

Conducting inspections with a paper form can be a hassle. With a machine guarding checklist app, the operator can evaluate the machine’s safeguards and even attach photographic evidence of compliance with their mobile device. With an app, inspection records are stored securely in the cloud where they can be easily accessed from anywhere to prove OSHA compliance. You can even create dynamic workflows through the app that send automatic notifications to your company’s maintenance team or site supervisor if a piece of equipment needs repair or a hazard presents imminent danger to the operator.

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