The benefits of machine guarding go way beyond safety
When it comes to the benefits of using machinery guards, although extra safety for employees is the most important benefit, there are other advantages as well which makes it a no-brainer for your business to start implementing machine guards onto high-maintenance machinery. At Billinton Safety Systems, we know the importance of machine guards better than anyone. This also means we can see the range of benefits they have to offer.
Firstly, cleaning and maintaining your machinery is easier. One big advantage of using machinery guards is that it makes cleaning and maintaining your machinery a whole lot easier. If a machine doesn’t have any safety guards, this can be a very dangerous task as employees will be in close proximity to the moving parts of the machinery. However, with guards in place, employees will be able to clean and maintain the machinery without putting themselves in harm’s way.
Another big benefit of machine guarding is that it makes it easier to carry out inspections. Obviously, if there are no guards in place, then it’s going to be very difficult to carry out any kind of inspection as employees will be in close proximity to the moving parts of the machinery. However, with guards in place, employees will be able to carry out inspections without putting themselves in harm’s way.
You might not think it, but machine guarding can actually improve productivity. This is because when employees feel safe, they are more likely to be productive. If employees feel like they are in danger, then they are likely to take more breaks and work at a slower pace. so, with machine guarding in place, employees will feel safer and, as a result, will be more productive.
Additional Access/Working Areas
Another big benefit of machine guards is that they can provide additional access/working areas. This is because, with guards in place, employees will be able to work in areas which they wouldn’t be able to if there were no guards in place. For example, if a machine has a guard around it, then employees will be able to work in the area behind the guard without putting themselves in harm’s way.
Reduce Downtime/No Injuries
Finally, one of the best benefits of machine guarding is that it can help to reduce downtime and injuries. This is because, if employees are properly protected, then they are less likely to be injured. And, if employees are less likely to be injured, then this means that there will be less downtime as a result of injuries.
So, there you have it, some of the benefits of using machinery guards. As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to using them, so if you haven’t already, then it’s definitely something that you should consider for your business. If you would like to find out more about machinery guarding or any of our other products and services, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.