The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of fixed protective guarding products designed to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory in industrial facilities.
Mission: To broadly promote the benefits, advantages, and use of protective barrier and guarding equipment in the workplace. The Industry Group promotes general safety and health aspects of work environments for people with or in the vicinity of mechanical equipment and material storage. ProGMA also provides promotion of and education about member companies’ technologies.
Vision: To be the recognized authority for the best practices, standards, and applications of protective barrier and guarding equipment for industrial facilities.
Protective Guarding is a fixed barrier or device, used in manufacturing, distribution, and other industrial facilities to protect personnel, equipment, and inventory from hazards present in the workplace. Protective Guarding items range from fixed objects installed around articulating equipment, machinery, or material storage areas such as safety fence, netting, guard rail, and bollards to specialized switches designed to stop machine operation as well as safeguarding through visual or auditory aids.
Protective Guarding Manufacturing Association member companies meet regularly to review, discuss, and revise the standards for design and performance of protective guarding products used in the material handling industry. ProGMA member companies are committed to the development, maintenance, and publishing of industry standard specifications for these systems. ProGMA programs include:
Obstacles to Safety / Observations from the Outside
Paul Sarafini, an industrial health and safety professional with over 20 years of experience offers the perspective of an industry professional who sees first-hand what motivates users to invest in guarding safety – and what factors cause them to table or delay those investments. This presentation speaks to the challenges and opportunities companies face when trying to motivate reluctant users to understand the cost of non-compliance, to meet their obligations to employees and visitors.
Paul spent 13 years at Integrated Loss Control, Inc. and the past 8 at the University of Minnesota as the Occupational Health & Safety Compliance Specialist. He has created safety and health programs for clients in a wide variety of industries. Paul has conducted administrative program reviews, hazard recognition inspections, program development and employee/supervisor training. Paul is EPA-authorized for Worker Protection Standard training and OSHA-authorized as an Outreach Trainer.
Latest ProGMA Video Highlights Loading Dock Hazards
The latest video titled, 'Prevent Accidents and Injuries Near Loading Docks / Doors', focuses on the busiest and most dangerous area of a facility.
ProGMA Releases New Videos on Protective Guarding
The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA), a product group within trade association MHI, has added new videos to it’s series of educational videos about the importance of protective guarding products in the material handling industry.
OSHA Announces Changes to Penalty Structure
Staring August 2, 2016 all OSHA penalties (fines) will increase by 78%.
The Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) in association with The Material Handling Education Foundation Inc. (MHEFI) is pleased to announce the award of a $1,500 Scholarship to Meera Murti of Rutgers University for the 2016/17 academic year.
Meera is a rising senior majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She currently has an internship with Tesla Motors in Freemont California where she is learning in an industrial setting. Previously she interned for several different software development/design firms. After graduation Meera plans to seek a position with a manufacturing company.
MHEFI received approximately 140 applications for scholarships for the 2016/17 academic year. The Scholarships are for students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics disciplines. Applicants are judged on their grade point average, background, key experiences, and personal goals. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $9,000. They are funded by the Foundation and the Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship Program. For the 2016/17 academic year, MHEFI awarded 34 grants with a total value of $116,460.
ProGMA is a proud contributor to this scholarship program and congratulates Meera on this award.
MODEX 2016ProGMA of MHI Presents: Protect Your People...And Your Wallet: Safety and Guarding Solutions for the Industrial Facility
Accidents can happen as materials are made, moved, and stored. Whether designing a new distribution center or evaluating an existing facility, what will you do to protect your most important assets from costly injuries and damage? This seminar will be a virtual factory tour where we explore many proven safeguarding solutions to protect personnel, products, and facilities while maintaining operational efficiency
ProMat 2015Protect Your People… And Your Wallet: Safety and Guarding Solutions for the Industrial Facility
Sponsored by Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA)
What will you do to protect your most important assets from costly injuries and damage? This seminar explores a wide array of proven safeguarding solutions to protect personnel, products, and facilities while maintaining operational efficiency.
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