Machine Guarding

Provided by: ToolingU

In general, machine guards and safeguarding devices are considered primary safeguards against amputation and other injuries. Yet, feeding, ejection, and location are types of secondary safeguarding methods used in combination with guards and safeguarding devices. Machine guarding is particularly important during times of inspection and maintenance. Hidden hazards from potential energy put an operator at risk even when a machine is turned off. To safeguard against this and human error, lockout/tagout procedures provide a strict set of safety guidelines for everyone to follow when performing maintenance tasks. After taking this course, users will be able to identify various machine motion hazards in the workplace and develop effective safeguarding strategies to prevent injuries.

Course Objectives:

  • Define machine guarding
  • Describe mechanical component hazards
  • Describe machine motion hazards
  • Describe machine action hazards
  • Describe other hazardous activity
  • Describe basic safeguarding standards
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary safeguarding methods
  • Distinguish between different types of machine guards
  • Describe safeguarding devices
  • Describe machine safeguarding by feeding and ejection methods
  • Describe safeguarding by distance and location
  • Describe miscellaneous machine safeguarding aids
  • Describe complementary safety equipment
  • Describe maintenance safeguarding
  • Describe machine safeguard training.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for all personnel in the manufacturing workplace handling heavy machinery.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Safety Devices/ Equipment, Safeguarding

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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