Machine Guarding

machine guardsOur of machine guarding solutions meet or exceed OSHA regulations for worker and machine safety.

Eliminate injuries by giving MS&I an opportunity to analyze your needs and make recommendations about how to improve worker protection in your plant.

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We tailor our machine guarding to your equipment and location.

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets the standards for machine guarding for industry in the United States.

machine guardsOSHA states:
“As its name implies, a fixed guard is a permanent part of the machine.

It is not dependent upon moving parts to function.

It may be constructed of sheet metal, screen, wire cloth, bars, plastic, or any other material that is substantial enough to withstand whatever impact it may receive and to endure prolonged use.

This guard is usually preferable to all other types because of its relative simplicity.”

Reprinted from The Fabricator:
“Recognizing these limitations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and other performance standards-making organizations support the use of the latest product concepts and designs for movable machine guard safety interlocks and systems.

machine guardsThese include:
1) Tamper resistance.
2) Positive-opening, normally-closed (NC) contacts.
3) Positive-guided relays.
4) Control reliability.
5) Self-checking, safety circuit monitoring and control modules (also called “safety relay modules”).

Each is aimed at heightening the level of safety for the machine operator/maintenance personnel when they open machine guards that expose them to hazardous areas.

By their design, they provide manufacturers with a means of creating safer workplaces, meeting legal requirements, and reducing the risk of liability.

Frequently, machine operators find ways to tamper with and/or bypass machine guard safety interlocks.

Whether motivated by a desire to increase their production rate, their desire to circumvent what they perceive as an inconvenience, or simply their desire to “beat the system,” the consequences can be serious.

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