Safety Guarding 101

Is Your Guarding as Safe as it Could Be?


Anna Rubiec

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February 21, 2023

Keeping your workplace safe should be the number one priority for any business. Unsafe practices can lead to accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of machine guarding and provide tips on how to ensure your workplace is as safe as possible.


What are the benefits of machine guarding from Belt Conveyor Guarding?

1. Compliant: Our guards are designed to meet the highest safety standards. This means they are compliant with OSHA, MSHA, ANSI and CSA requirements.

2. Ergonomic: Our guards are designed to ensure comfort and easy use for your workers, making them more productive and efficient.

3. User-Friendly: Our guards are easy to install, remove and adjust. This makes equipment maintenance fast and hassle-free.

4. High ROI: By investing in Belt Conveyor Guarding, you can save thousands of dollars annually on labor, training and other expenses related to ensuring workplace safety.

5. Extended Equipment Life: When equipment has properly fitted guards and is regularly maintained because access is easy, the machines life will be extended.


How do I choose the right type of guard?

Choosing the right type of guard is essential for keeping your workplace safe. If you aren’t familiar with all the types of guarding, a third-party risk assessment should be conducted to identify potential hazards and determine the best type of guard to protect against them. In addition, it’s important to consider access requirements for routine maintenance work and guards that will allow for this without compromising safety or creating a barrier for the important maintenance that needs to be done regularly.

Our experienced technicians can help you carry out a risk assessment, measure the required rotating equipment, and design a custom solution that is tailored to your specific space. Our mechanical designers have years of experience in creating guards that are both lightweight and effective. They will ensure that all safety requirements are met while still allowing easy access for maintenance work.

At Belt Conveyor Guarding, we understand the importance of safety and strive to provide our customers with guards that meet the highest standards. We offer a wide selection of guarding solutions to fit any need when it comes to rotating equipment, so you can rest assured that you are getting the best product for your workplace.


Who can install safety guards?

Installing Belt Conveyor Guarding safety guards is a straightforward process and can be done by existing staff or contractors.

When customizing, or retrofitting, a guard for your workplace, there are several factors to consider including the size and shape of the area, the height of the guard, and the material used for construction. It is also important to make sure that the guard fits tightly against the rotating equipment without leaving any gaps that could create potential safety hazards.

For safety reasons, it is also important to make sure that the guard is securely mounted so that it will not move when in use. Once installed, it is essential to test the guard to ensure that it is properly fitted and working correctly.

If you require further assistance, we are always happy to provide installation support at any time. Our team of experts can provide advice on the best options for your workplace and how to properly install guards. With our custom designs, the installation process is typically very simple and can be done quickly with minimal disruption to your workplace.

Installing safety guards is an important step towards ensuring a safe and secure working environment, as well as a high return on investment for your business. With the right guidance and professional assistance, you can have these guards up and running in no time.


How do I ensure my safety guard is effective?

When it comes to ensuring that your safety guard is effective, there are several important factors to consider. First and foremost, you need to make sure that the guards you choose meet all relevant safety standards and regulations. Fortunately, Belt Conveyor Guarding safety guards are designed to comply with OSHA, MSHA, ANSI, and CSA standards.

In addition, you should also make sure that you’re choosing guards that are easy to install. Wedge clamps make installation fast and easy –in fact, you can have them installed within 15 seconds. Additionally, our guards weigh under 50 pounds, so they can be easily installed by a single person.

Finally, once the safety guards are installed, it’s important to periodically inspect them for any signs of damage or wear. If any part of the guard looks worn or damaged, it’s important to replace it right away to keep workers safe.



Keeping your workplace safe from preventable accidents involving rotating equipment should be a top priority for any business.

Inspecting safety guards on a regular basis for damage, missing parts, and loose connection is essential to ensure continues safety for workers, as well as making sure all safety guards are securely fastened.

On top of physical guards, provide proper training for working with, and around, rotating equipment and hazards. To go one step further set up lock out tag out procedures for maintaining or servicing machinery as well as an additional emergency protocols for if an incident does occur that requires attention from emergency services personnel.

In the end machine guards do save lives and protect against injuries, these physical barriers combined with training and proper procedures will lower risk for workers and avoid hefty annual fines.