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Principles of Machine Guarding Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Machine Guarding Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Machine Guarding certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Machine Guarding Training Course?

Our Machine Guarding Safety Training course is regulation-aligned, 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.

While this training encompasses many important safety standards, you will still need to familiarize yourself with any other federal, state, and local standards that apply to your specific workplace.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Machine Guarding Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 1910 Subpart O – Machinery and Machine Guarding
  • 1910.212 – General Requirements for all Machines
  • 1910 Subpart P – Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Other Hand-Held Equipment
  • 1917 Subpart G – Marine Terminals
  • 1918 Subpart I – Longshoring
  • 1926 Subpart I – Construction Industry
  • 1928 Subpart D – Agriculture Industry
  • 29 CFR 1910.212(a)(3)(ii)
  • CAL/OSHA Requirements

  • Guarding of Exposed Equipment
  • Guarding Clearances
  • Guarding
  • Guarding Required
  • Maintenance and Use of Point of Operation Tools and Guards
  • 1910 Subpart O, Machinery and Machine Guarding
  • 1917 Subpart G, Marine Terminals
  • 1918 Subpart I, Longshoring
  • 1926 Subpart I, Construction Industry
  • 1928 Subpart D, Agriculture Industry
  • 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

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Machine Guarding Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. 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 standards 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.

    Stay Informed On All Things Machine Guarding

    Did You Know?

    Machine guards protect workers from kickbacks, splashing liquids, and flying chips.

    OSHA Requirements 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

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    What parts of a machine need to be guarded?

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    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?

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    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?

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    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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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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