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Machinery Safety

Machine shops are a vital part of the OSU Campus.  Machine shops can pose a variety of hazards that should be taken very seriously. Members who operate and maintain machinery suffer approximately 18,000 amputations, lacerations, crushing injuries, abrasions, and over 800 deaths per year. Amputation is one of the most severe and crippling types of injuries in the occupational workplace, and often results in permanent disability.  Most of these accidents can be prevented if proper machinery safety precautions are initiated.

Each employee or student must receive appropriate Machinery Safety training prior to operating any piece of equipment.  They should be provided with basic shop rules to include but not limited to: no loose clothing or jewelry; long hair must be secured; safety glasses must be worn at all times; no open toed shoes or sandals; no food or drink in workshop; and no horseplay.

Members should recognize common hazards associated with machinery to include:

  • Pinch points
  • Wrap points
  • Shear and cutting points
  • Crush points
  • Pull-in points
  • Thrown objects
  • Stored energy
  • Reciprocating motion
  • Rotating motion
  • Transverse motion
  • Feed mechanisms
  • Burn point

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Machinery Safety please contact EHS at 744-7241 or


Useful Links:

OSHA: Machine Guarding e-tool

OSHA: Machinery and Machine Guarding: 29 CFR 1910.212

OSHA: Machine Guarding Checklist

OSHA: Robotics

OSHA Fact Sheet: Preventing Cuts and Amputations from Food Slicers and Meat Grinders

Grainger: Diagnosing Your Power Tools: 5 Warning Signs & What They Mean

EHS: Machine Guarding Checklist

Harvard EHS: Machine Shop Safety