Follow-Up on Machine Guarding…

I received a few emails after my last post on machine guarding and wanted to follow-up…

We have an older pneumatic molding machine at our facility, OSHA has not commented on it, should I still add guarding to it?

My Response
Personally, I would ensure there is some protection to the machine. On most of these machines, there are very few moving parts on this machine, so you basically need to protect the heater bands and clamping unit (if it is not already protected).
Since these machines are very small, I have also seen companies just place a small Plexiglas enclosure around the whole machine.

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