Product Spotlight: Machine Guarding Signs

"Crushed hands and arms, severed fingers, blindness -- the list of possible machinery-related injuries is as long as it is horrifying," states OSHA on their page on Machine Safeguarding. Since the industrial revolutions, the rise of automation and use of machinery in the workplace has increased our efficiency and ability to produce goods quickly and cheaply. However, it has also come at a human cost, with machinery creating new types of injuries for workers. Safety-conscious workplaces then and now must guard – both literally and figuratively – against machine-caused injuries to keep their workplaces safe for workers.    

So what exactly is Machine Guarding? The actual definition, according to OSHA, encompasses any hazard that may be caused by a machine – a wide definition. "There seem to be as many hazards created by moving machine parts as there are types of machines," states OSHA on their website. "Safeguards are essential for protecting workers from needless and preventable injuries. A good rule to remember is: Any machine part, function, or process which may cause injury must be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine or accidental contact with it can injure the operator or others in the vicinity, the hazards must be either controlled or eliminated."

As OSHA says, if the machine hazard can’t be eliminated, it must be controlled – and again, there are several methods that can be utilized to prevent injuries and communicate hazards to workers. One way to communicate such hazards are signs or labels on or near the machines to warn workers of specific hazards. There are several types of Machine Safety Signs carried by Stonehouse Signs, to help warn workers and prevent injuries. These include:

Guard Signs – These signs warn workers not to remove the safety guards installed on machinery or operate machines without guards in place. Stonehouse Signs Caution Do Not Operate Without Guards Sign
Pinch Point Signs – Pinch points, according to OSHA are “any point other than the point of operation at which it is possible for a part of the body to be caught between the moving parts of a press or auxiliary equipment, or between moving and stationary parts of a press or auxiliary equipment or between the material and moving part or parts of the press or auxiliary equipment.” Pinch Point Signs, therefore, warn workers of these potentially dangerous areas. Stonehouse Signs Danger Pinch Points Watch Your Hands Sign
Moving Machinery/Equipment Signs – These signs warn workers or other facility users of locations where moving parts and/or equipment could be a danger to themselves or others. Stonehouse Signs Danger Watch Out For Moving Equipment Sign
Keep Hands/Fingers Clear Signs – These signs are exactly what they sound like – they warn workers to keep their hands and/or fingers out of areas where they could be injured by a machine. Stonehouse Signs Danger Keep Hands Clear of Moving Machinery Sign
And Stonehouse Signs also carries English-Spanish Bilingual Machine Safety Signs for many of our most popular signs, including Machine Guarding Signs, to help communicate this important safety information with the Spanish-speaking workforce. Bilingual Spanish Sign Caution Do Not Operate Without Guards


If you need Machine Guarding Signs for your facility, contact Stonehouse Signs today. We can help you place an order for any of our standard signs, or help you design a Custom Machine Guarding Sign to meet your facility’s specific needs.

Since its founding in 1863, Stonehouse Signs has produced high-quality visual communications solutions for various industries and the government. The company specializes in custom products for safety, information and accident prevention, and manufactures a full line of safety signs and facility signssafety tags, vinyl safety decals, and custom magnetic whiteboards designed for extended outdoor life, harsh environments and demanding applications. For more information contact Stonehouse Signs today.

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