OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, determines the health and safety regulation standards for work-related environments. OSHA federal regulations aim to prevent harm, sickness, and fatalities in the workplace by enforcing safety standards.

OSHA’s mission:
To prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths.

OSHA’s mission has found success since its inception in the early 70s with a decline of over 50% of work-related deaths reported as well as a decrease of almost 50% of work-related injury reports. Working with molding machinery in the plastics industry constitutes the enforcement of OSHA safety regulations.

Molding Machinery—OSHA Safety Regulations

Hazard safety is an important issue when it comes to molding machinery and related plastic auxiliary equipment in the plastics industry. Plastics machinery requires specific safety measures to ensure health in the workplace. Injury incidents connected to plastics molding machinery can include serious repercussions and even death.

Minor As Well As Serious Injuries May Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Bruises & Cuts
  • Skin Burns
  • Electric shock
  • Loss of Extremities
  • Death

It is imperative for molding machinery operators to be aware of the OSHA safety standards and federal regulations as their wellbeing depends on it.

Plastics Molding Machinery Operators are Responsible for:

  • Controlling Operator's Gate
  • Lockout/Tagout  Maintenance
  • Plastics and Resin Manual Feed of

Operators perform maintenance on horizontal injection molding and vertical injection molding machines as well as related plastic auxiliary equipment. They are in charge of the molding machinery control panel, plastic component retrieval from the operator’s gate and manual feed.

Molding Machinery—OSHA Standard Regulations—Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Required

Specific safety and protective garments and equipment are required by law to operate machinery and/or service and maintain machinery.

OSHA Standard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes:

  • Eye and Face Protection
  • Head Protection
  • Foot and Leg Protection
  • Hand and Arm Protection
  • Body Protection
  • Hearing Protection

Molding Machinery—OSHA Federal Regulations—Lockout/Tagout Maintenance

OSHA standards and federal regulations include the maintenance of molding machines and related equipment that can unexpectedly engage causing operator injury.

Molding Machinery—OSHA Safety Standards—Types of Guarding and General Guard Requirements

Molding machine guards will be in place, including moveable and fixed front and rear guards in order to ensure the safety of machine operators from molding machine hazards. Moveable and fixed front and rear guards will be attached to the machine. Removal of some guards will only be accessible by use of tools.

Molding Machinery—OSHA Federal Regulations—Communication

All hazardous chemicals will be evaluated and relayed to employers and employees. Hazard communication programs will be comprehensive including labeling of containers, warning forms, safety data binders and employee training manuals.

Molding Machinery—OSHA Safety Standards—Respiratory Protection

It is mandatory to wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as well as follow strict regulations regarding ventilation and the use of respirators to prevent atmospheric contamination. Per OSHA federal regulations, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide respirators to employees.