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Power Press Safety Checklist

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations for safe and proper use.


  • Do the safeguards provided meet the minimum OSHA requirements?
  • Do the safeguards prevent workers’ hands, arms, and other body parts from making contact with dangerous moving parts?
  • Are the safeguards firmly secured and not easily removable?
  • Do the safeguards ensure that no object will fall into the moving parts?
  • Do the safeguards permit the safe, comfortable, and relatively easy operation of the machine?
  • Can the machine be oiled without removing the safeguard?
  • Is there a system for shutting down the machinery before safeguards are removed?
  • Can the existing safeguards be improved?

Mechanical hazards - point of operation

  • Is there a point-of-operation safeguard provided for the machine?
  • Does it keep the operator’s hands, fingers, and body out of the danger area?
  • Is there evidence that the safeguards have been tampered with or removed?

Power transmission apparatus

  • Are there any unguarded gears, sprockets, pulleys, or flywheels on the apparatus?
  • Are there any exposed set screws, keyways, collars, etc.?
  • Are starting and stopping controls within easy reach of the operator?
  • If there is more than one operator, are separate controls provided?

Other moving parts

  • Are safeguards provided for all hazardous moving parts of the machine including auxiliary parts?

Non-mechanical hazards

  • Have appropriate measures been taken to safeguard workers against noise hazards?
  • Have special guards, enclosures, or personal protective equipment been provided, where necessary, to protect workers from exposure to harmful substances used in machine operation?
  • Other important areas to focus on include any electrical hazards, employee training, PPE, and machinery maintenance and repair.

Contact Information

Robin McCall-Miller, Occupational Safety Program Manager