An often overlooked aspect of workplace safety awareness is exposure to unguarded or inadequately guarded machinery and equipment. Moving machine parts have the very real potential for causing severe injuries to fingers, hands, limbs and eyes. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that workers who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions and over 800 deaths per year. Machine guarding and lockout/tagout violations consistently rank among the annual Top 10 list of most commonly cited OSHA safety violations. 2,701 citations were issued for machine guarding and 3,254 citations for lockout/tagout by OSHA in fiscal 2014.

The OSHA Training Center is offering OSHA 2045 – Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards on February 9-12, 2015, in Dublin, California. The focus of this class is to familiarize students with various types of common machinery, their related safety standards and the control of hazardous energy sources (lockout/tagout). The instructor presents an approach to machinery inspection that enables participants to recognize hazards and to provide options to achieve abatement, including those for mechanical motions and actions created by points of operation and other machinery processes. The class includes practice on identifying and mitigating machinery hazards.

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