Machine Guarding

Machine GuardingOBJECTIVE of Machine Guarding

The objective of this Machine Guarding standard is to ensure that all hazardous moving machinery within normal reach is completely guarded or fenced.


The scope of this standard is all machinery used by the Company.


Machinery Supervisor

  • To ensure all machinery is adequately guarded or fenced.

Field Supervision

  • To ensure all Guards and Safety Devices are in place and used.


  • Obey all Health and Safety Rules in relation to Machinery and Wear all Personal Protective Equipment that is required.


  • Company Standard Procedure – Safety, Health & Environment (Module H).
    Site Loss Control, document no.


  • Abu Dhabi Emirate Law No. 8 of the year 1978’ conservation of petroleum resources.
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs ‘Federal Law No. 8 of the year 1980’.
  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs ‘Ministerial Order No. (32) of the year 1982’.
  • Law No. 4 of the year 1996 Environment and Wildlife Research and Development Authority.


  • The requirements of the ‘Ministerial Order No. (32) of the year 1982 must be complied with.
  • All areas must be inspected at least once per month and the findings recorded.
  • All hazardous moving machine parts within normal reach must be completely guarded or fenced.
  • All machinery used must be operated and maintained in such a manner as to prevent the exposure to persons to hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or circumstances.
  • All safety equipment, which relates to any machinery must be kept in good working condition and be available at all times.
  • All operators of machinery must be fully aware of the hazards involved in the operation of that machinery and if any machinery threatens or is likely to threaten the health and safety of persons when it is expectedly set in motion or made electrically alive.
  • All reasonable precautionary measures to ensure that such machinery cannot be set in motion or made electrically alive must be taken.
  • No person is allowed to work on or near any moving machinery or machinery that is electrically alive.
  • No person working in proximity to moving machinery is allowed to wear any loose fitting outer clothing, any jewelry or ornament, any watch or keychain, any long loose hanging hair or anything which may be caught up in the moving parts of such machinery.
  • Unless moving or revolving components of machinery are as safe as they would be if they were securely fenced or guarded then every shaft, pulley, wheel, gear, sprocket, coupling, collar, clutch, friction drum or similar object is to be securely fenced or guarded.
  • Every setscrew, key or bolt on revolving shaft couplings, collars, friction drums, clutches, wheels, pulley and gears must be countersunk, enclosed or otherwise guarded.
  • Every square projecting shaft or spindle end which projects for more than a quarter of its diameter is to be guarded and every driving belt, rope or chain is to be completely guarded.

Circular Saws

  • No power driven circular saw must be used at a speed in excess of the manufactures rated maximum speed for the saw blade.
  • No circular saw with a damaged blade, a blade that is dull or not regular or not correctly sharpened or set, can be used. Every saw blade must be adequately guarded to prevent any part of the operator or his clothing coming into contact with the saw blade.
  • Every portable power driven circular saw must be fitted with a fixed guard. The guard must be fitted above the slide or shoe which covers the saw blade at least to the depth of the teeth and which will automatically cover the portion of the blade below the slide or shoe while sawing is not actually being done.
  • Every band saw must have all the moving parts, except the working portion of the blade effectively guarded.