Safety share: Keep the “guard” in machine guarding
We can inadvertently take the “guard” out of machine guarding by making three dangerous assumptions:
- “It must be safe — the manufacturer sold it this way.”
- “This machine is grandfathered and is not required to follow OSHA standards.”
- “OSHA guidelines are just that: guidelines only, not hard-and-fast requirements.”
Frank Curran (HSE) debunks these common myths in a safety share available on Box. Feel free to print this info and use it to help kick off a team discussion at your next meeting with colleagues and/or staff.
What is machine guarding?
The practice of incorporating a shield or device to cover hazardous areas of a machine.
Why are machine guards important?
- Guards help prevent dangerous contact with body parts.
- They can also help control hazards like chips of material flying from the machine.
What to do when ordering machines:
If you’re ordering machines for use at Argonne, ask the supplier to provide guards that meet Argonne, OSHA and American National Standards Institute standards. Manufacturer baselines do not always meet these standards, but as the customer, you can certainly request them. Make sure your specifications are met before accepting the delivery!
All employees are encouraged to submit safety shares for inclusion in the Safety Share Library. Submission details are available on Inside Argonne.
Each month a safety share submitted by an individual will be selected to receive a Spot Award for demonstrated safety leadership. The Spot Award program offers three award levels: gold ($100), silver ($50) and bronze ($25).