February 2022

Machine Safeguarding

All machines and equipment come with some levels of hazard. Machine safeguarding protects machine operators and other workers from the hazards created by the machine during regular operations.

Incidents from unguarded machines can cause SEVERE injuries including:

  • lacerations
  • maiming
  • amputations
  • death

Safeguarding the machinery in your workplace not only helps to reduce workplace injury – it can make workers more confidant and comfortable working around machinery.

Machine guarding helps to:

  • Prevent contact with parts of the machine that could cause injury
  • Secure the device and prevent tampering
  • Protects from debris while the machine is in use

Machine guarding comes in many forms, including fixed guards, interlocked guards, adjustable guards, and self-adjusting guards.

Learn more about machine safeguarding with the resources below.

Machine Safeguarding Resources and Tools


Machine Safeguarding

Toolbox Talk

All machines have potential hazards that can result in injury – or even death – to workers. Machine guarding is an important safety measure to protect workers. Make machine safeguarding the topic of your next Toolbox Talk with our conversation guide and safety facts.

Machine Safeguarding

Guidebook

The Machine Safety program model helps employers to understand the management and administration of a safeguarding process – including the legislative requirements in British Columbia such as regulation and safeguarding controls. Download your copy today.

Machine Safeguarding News


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Interested in a Machine Guarding Assessment?

When business operations depend on the use of complicated machinery, establishing safety requirements is critical to the protection of workers from the hazards arising from its use. Machine guards prevent worker access to moving parts of machinery, lockout ensures machines do not start up unexpectedly, and blocking prevents a machine that is temporarily raised from falling or moving during work such as maintenance. All manufacturers would benefit from completing an inventory and hazard assessment for each piece of their machinery. Schedule a scoping with our specialist advisors today.


Hossein Sinaei

P.Eng, M.Eng, CSSGB - OHS Audit Manager | Safety Engineer
All levels of an organization should understand that effective management of health and safety is essential to long-term profitability and sustainability. In other words, organizations are able to improve their health and safety program and their operations if they successfully adopt a culture of safety in their workplace.