Training & Certification for

Machine Guarding

Product Information

Three Different Types of Trainings

Whether you want training and certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the training certificate you need in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores. Online training is also eligible for bulk pricing discounts for groups of 16+ trainees.
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Training Kits

The kit is for those who want to do the training themselves. It’s a reusable training presentation that is used to train groups of people all at one time in one location. If you need to train a trainer to use the kit we offer a train the trainer online course.
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Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a single individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost and is reusable. The result is a lifetime certification.
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What's in the Training?

Our Machine Guarding Safety Training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on equipment, operations, hazards, case studies, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam.

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for machine guarding:

Canada Standards

  • CSA Z432 – Safeguarding of Machinery
  • CSA Z142 – Power Press Operations
  • CSA C22.2 – Electric motor-operated hand-held tools
  • ANSI Z244.1 – Control of Hazardous Energy, LOTO and Alternative Methods
  • ANSI A10.44 – Control of Energy Sources (LOTO) for Construction and Demolition Operations
  • OSHA Sections 27 and 28
  • CSA Z1001 – Occupational Health & Safety Training
  • Canada Labour Code Part II – Employer and Employee Duties
  • CSA Z617-06 - PPE

Why Do I Need Training?

In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. While requirements for refresher training are very specific, most safety trainings don’t have such specific requirements. However it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, the standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.
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Did You Know?

Machine guards protect workers from kickbacks, splashing liquids, and flying chips. (Source: Safety Services Company)

OSHA standards for machine guarding haven’t changed since 1975. (Source: MSC)

Eyewear and other PPE can be considered a part of machine guarding in some standards. (Source: MSC)

Frequently Asked Questions

What parts of a machine need to be guarded?

There are many different moving parts on a machine. If an employee can come within reach of a moving part for one reason or another, that part must be guarded. There may be additional parts on a machine that require a guard depending on industry regulations.

Can you remove a guard if it means a faster work pace?

No. Machine guards must remain on their respective parts. If such a guard is removed, then the operator is at risk of contacting dangerous equipment. Faster work is no excuse for poor machine guarding procedures.

Can an operator use a machine without a guard if they are experienced?

No. Even if an operator is very familiar with the machine, a machine guard is still required on any parts that could be hazardous. No matter the level of experience, an operator can still fall victim to an accident. Years of training do not substitute machine guarding.
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