Oregon Machine Guarding laws & safety compliance analysis

Oregon Machine Guarding: What you need to know

Oregon has adopted by reference the federal safety rules for machine guarding (OAR 437-002-0240) and has added its own requirements for movable barriers, platform hoists, scissor lifts, saws, and use of gloves that are stricter than federal rules. State rules provide specific definitions for movable barriers and stricter guard requirements for platform hoists, scissor lifts, and other reciprocating mechanisms.

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The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services/Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) administers and enforces safety and health requirements in private and public sector workplaces.

MOVABLE BARRIERS
OAR 437-002-0242

Oregon provides its own definitions of Type A and Type B gates or movable barriers.

Type A gates or movable barriers protect the operator by enclosing the point of operation before a press stroke can be initiated and by maintaining this closed condition until the motion of the slide has ceased.

Type B gates or movable barriers protect the operator by enclosing the point of operation before a press stroke can be initiated so as to prevent an operation from reaching into the point of operation before die closure or before the end of slide motion during the downward stroke.

PLATFORM HOISTS, SCISSOR LIFTS, AND OTHER RECIPROCATING MECHANISMS
OAR 437-002-0242

Platform hoists, scissor lifts, and other reciprocating mechanisms must be guarded or arranged so that there are no exposed shear lines.

USE OF GLOVES
OAR 437-002-0242

When it is possible to walk behind the saw, the saw must be completely guarded when in its rest position. Radial saws must be equipped with upper and lower guards to protect the operator.

SAWS
OAR 437-002-0242

If gloves are used ...


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