Machines do lots of useful work to save us time and effort. However, moving machine parts have the potential to cause severe workplace injuries such as:

  • Crushed and broken arms and legs.
  • Amputation of fingers and limbs.
  • Aye injuries.
  • Burns from hot machinery or chemicals.
  • Electric shock.
  • Hearing damage from excessive noise

Machine guarding is often used to protect workers from these types of injuries. While the basic motive for guarding is to protect, not prohibit, guards are often seen as obstacles. However, guards are placed for protection.

Use of equipment at work is controlled by the legislation Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). PUWER require employers to ensure equipment used at work is suitable for its purpose, safe to use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected on a regular basis.

Our machine guarding toolbox talk helps keep employees safe and reduce health and safety issues in workplaces where machinery and plant equipment that require to be guarded is used.

If you are considering our machine guarding toolbox talk, our Plant and Machinery Toolbox Talk and Safe Isolation Toolbox Talk might be of interest to you as well.

Items Covered in the Machine Guarding Toolbox Talk

Our machine guarding toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Explanation as to what a machine guard is and its purpose.
  • The Hazards: Outlines the hazards when using machines where machine guards can prevent injuries.
  • Control Measures: Defines when machine guards should be in place and the operations that should be guarded.
  • The Law: List the regulations relevant to guarding of machines and equipment.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Include a few questions to validate attendees understanding of the toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant hazards on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

Purchase our Machine Guarding Toolbox Talk to keep your employees safe, or take advantage of our toolbox talk packages which contains a range of our toolbox talks at a reduced price.