Hygain Machine Guarding Audit

Plant location

Description of machine

Choose the type of guards

Name(s) of operators spoken to


Do machine guards prevent workers fingers, hands, arms, and other body parts from making contact with dangerous moving parts of a machine?

Are all machine guards in good condition, of solid construction to withstand impact or shock and secured in place?

Are all machine guards firmly secured and can only be removed with a tool?

Do machine guards ensure that no objects fall into the moving parts?

Do machine guards prevent parts, components etc from being ejected from the machine?

Does the guard present a hazard itself eg restricting operator view, weaken the plant, create pinch points or sharp edges

Do machine guards permit safe, comfortable, and relatively easy operation of the machine?

Are all drive shafts, pulleys and belts on working level properly guarded?

Are all moving chains and gears properly guarded?

Are all hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders guarded?

Are all fan blades protected with a guard with opening not larger than the standard size?

Can the machine be lubricated without removing the machine guards?

Does the machinery automatically shut down when machine guard is removed?

Do machine guards prevent operators to access machinery while in operation?

Do machine guards protect against hazards to the rear and sides of machinery?

are there warning signs placed around the machine?

Are all interlock guards tested on routine basis to ensure system is working ?

Is presence sensing equipment (light curtain, pressure pad, being used? Does the machine stop in time when activated?

Is there a maintenance system in place to inspect and repair the guard?

Is the guard easily identifiable (ie painted different colour to rest of plant) to determine when not in place

Is the guard made of suitable material for the environment it is in (eg not having steel guards near acid processes)


Are all operators trained on how machine guards work?

Do operators have the necessary education and training in how to use the guards?

Do operators know the procedure when guards are damaged, missing or inadequate?

Are all operators trained on how and under what circumstances guards can be removed?


Are all employees wearing appropriate PPE?

Do employees follow safe handling instruction using machinery?

Are employees required to do a pre start equipment check to ensure guards in place?

Are all employees aware of emergency procedures in case of an accident involving machinery?

Is adequate supervision provided to ensure that employees are following safe machine operating procedures?


Are all machine guards in good condition?

Is machine isolated and lock-out tag placed when removing machine guard?

Are all machine updates escalated to a supervisor?

Are all incidents reported to a supervisor?


Observation or recommendations

Overall assessment

Inspector's Name and Signature
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.