Are your guards OSHA approved?
OSHA does not approve guards separate from specific guard applications. Our guards and other products, if installed correctly, meet OSHA standards for most applications. The only exception is underground mining, covered by a different standard.
Safety Standard for Mechanical Power Transmission Apparatus
OSHA refers to industry standards in formulating their rules, including ANSI/AMT B15.1-2000, Power Transmission Apparatus, and many other standards. The entire list of standards is available at www.osha.gov/Publications/Mach_SafeGuard/chapt5.html and the topic of machine guarding starts at www.osha.gov/Publications/Mach_SafeGuard/toc.html.
Per ANSI/AMT B15.1-2000. Section 3.2.1 Guards
- They shall prevent entry of hands, fingers, or other parts of the body into a point of hazard by reaching through, over, under or around the guard.
- They shall, in themselves, create no additional motion hazard between the guard and the moving parts.
- They shall utilize fasteners not readily removable by people other than authorized persons.
- If openings are provided for lubrication, adjustment, or inspection, they shall not cause any additional hazard.
- The safeguarding shall prevent injury from breakage of any of the component parts.
Section E 3.2.1 guards, section c. Only fasteners requiring the use of hand tools for removal should be used.
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Users must make their own determination of our parts suitability for your specific use. We will replace any product with a manufacturing defect at no charge. Our liability will be limited to furnishing parts per our literature and our samples. No warranty is made for the fitness of any product for your applications. AMT, OSHA and other groups may have standards that can help you install a safe guard.