Why Safeguarding Assessments?
With so many state and federal OSHA regulations and standards to follow, properly assessing your machinery and the hazards that they present to your workforce is a unique skillset that can take years of experience to master. Luckily, you can take the guesswork out of assessing your facility and properly safeguarding your machines by employing the expertise of Guard-Safe Guarding!
With decades of experience in the business, Guard-Safe Guarding knows the ins and outs of OSHA compliance and safety guarding practices. Our unique guarding audits can bring all of that know-how to your facility, helping you to identify hazards and solutions. Of course, all of the observations, notes, and data that we obtain as part of the assessment discovery process is always handled in the strictest of confidence.
The Machine Safeguarding Assessment Process
Our safety guarding assessments begin when you provide us with a list of all the machines that you would like to include in our final safety evaluation. We go over any questions you may have relating to your goals, project initiatives, or the specific needs and challenges faced by your business.
Once on site, our expert technicians evaluate each machine that was specified in the machine list you provided. Each piece of equipment is documented by make, model, serial number, and property number if available. Our safety guarding assessment report includes photos and/or videos showing your machines and their particular hazards, as well as the relevant regulatory references and our recommendations for correcting any and all hazards we discover.
3. Risk Assessment
Each machine is also assigned a risk ranking based on factors such as frequency of use, probability of injury, and potential severity of harm. This ranking helps to determine the current level of safety in your facility, and it also aids you in prioritizing remediation project planning.
Avoid Machine Guarding Citations!
FACT: Machine guarding violations remain one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards across numerous industries. These machine guarding citations can easily cost your business anywhere from $10,000 to well over $1 million. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, injuries from machines also cost businesses millions of dollars in medical expenses, increased insurance premiums, unscheduled downtime, and other hidden costs. More than that, though, as an employer, you are responsible for the safety of your employees. Your workers are your most valuable asset, and you owe it to them—and to yourself—to provide a safe and secure workplace.
Start Safeguarding Your Business Today
For more information on conducting a safety guarding assessment at your place of business or for information on how you can complete one of our Certified Machine Guarding Specialist (CMGS) courses at a convenient location, please give us a call at (712) 754‑4838 or click here to fill out our contact form.