Machines can help improve production efficiency in the workplace. However, their moving parts, sharp edges, and hot surfaces can also cause serious workplace injuries such as crushed fingers or hands, amputations, burns, or blindness. Safeguards are essential to protect workers from injury. Any machine part, function, or process that might cause injury should be safeguarded. When the operation of a machine may result in a contact injury to the operator or others in the area, the hazard should be removed or controlled.
Program contact: Hongwei Hsiao, Ph.D.
Protective Technology Branch
(304) 285-5910 HHsiao@cdc.gov
- Page last reviewed: April 17, 2018
- Page last updated: April 1, 2016
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Safety Research